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Esan Okpa eulogises Ijewere as passionate voice for development 

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As burial rites for former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Sir Emmanuel Itoya Ijewere commence this week, the Esan Okpa Initiative (EOI), a socio-cultural organisation committed to the development of Esanland, has likened his passing to the departure of a giant, saying, “We’ve lost a strong and passionate voice for development”.

In a condolence letter to the family signed by its President, Rt. Hon. Mathew Egbadon; and Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tony Iyare, the organisation said: “We received with shock but total submission to the will of God, the passing of our respected elder statesman, mentor and son, Sir Emmanuel Itoya Ijewere.

“We join others to commiserate with the Ijewere family on the passing of their patriarch, our prominent ambassador, a corporate giant, and distinguished Nigerian.

“We have lost a strong and passionate voice for the development of Esanland particularly in the area of agriculture”.

Recalling with nostalgia Ijewere’s highly impactful presentation on agripreneur and the opportunities available in the agricultural value chain in Esanland at the Assembly of Esan people, organised  by  Esan Okpa at Uromi in May 2022, the organisation said that “that presentation underscored the point that Esan land was blessed with a lot of resources that can make it the food basket of Edo State if properly harnessed.

“It is our hope that his dreams for the acceleration of development of  Esanland would be consummated for the overall benefit of our people in the not too distant future.

“Though he has transited after a protracted illness,and we will miss his invaluable counsel in different areas of   human endeavors, we are greatly   consoled by his immense and sterling contributions in the Accounting profession where he served as a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) between 96-97, Past President of the Chartered Institute of Directors, and Past President,Nigerian Red Cross, respectively.

“He also left indelible marks in the corporate world. His life is a beacon for us all and his legacies shall live on. In all his undertakings, Sir Ijewere demonstrated the resourcefulness, industry, agility, steadfastness and indomitable spirit of the Esan man.  He was tireless in his commitment to the transformation of his immediate Esan community, Edo State and Nigeria in general”.

While Esan Okpa shares the grief of the moment with his immediate family and ask the Almighty God to comfort them, it said that “they should be consoled that their patriarch who left indelible marks, had merely transited to continue his good works in company of the Angels.

“Truly, he lived a very impactful life  and has left a void that will be difficult to fill. Eternal rest grant to him O’Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him, Amen”.

Ijewere died on Thursday, 28th December 2023 at the age of 77. According to his burial programme, the Knight of the Order of Saint Mulumba prayer of Office of the Dear will hold at 5 pm from 26th to 28th January. An ICAN event slated for 30th January will be an interlude while KSM prayer rites will continue the next day.

The lying in state along with KSM prayer rites is scheduled for 8-9 am at his residence on 1st February. This will be followed by Vigil Mass at Church of the Assumption, Falomo, Ikoyi, Lagos at 2 pm, while Christian Wake and Evening of Tributes will hold at Harbour Point at 5 pm

Funeral Mass is scheduled for Church of the Assumption, Falomo, Ikoyi at 10 am on 2nd February, to be followed by a reception at MUSON Centre.

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