OSOPADEC Chairman, Sam Erejuwa on Saturday 11th November led the Board and Management of the Commission to pay the last respect, and to bid High Chief Happy Ebikawei Atili, the Epini of Egbesubiri of Arogbo farewell.
The late patriarch was father of Hon. Agabra Ikoto Atili, the State Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and a Commissioner representing Ese-Odo on the Board of OSOPADEC. He was aged 95.
Until his passage, the late Chief Happy Ebikawei Atili was a fervent Christian and a reputable community leader. He was a giant political figure whose passion for the development of native land, Arogbo Ijaw Kingdom, as well as the entire Niger Delta region of Ondo State would forever be crested with gold on the pages of history.
In his tribute, OSOPADEC Board Member, Hon. Agabra Ikoto Atili extoled the virtues of his late father. According to him, the departed community and traditional leader would be missed for his love, generosity and sterling qualities.
“He was gifted with great interpersonal skills which enabled him to interact with his community kinsmen and positively affect lives. He was excellent and perfect in handling family, church and community matters. His strict compliance to democratic principles is one of the great lessons I learned from his humility” Hon. Atili said.
Speaking at the event, OSOPADEC Chairman, Sam Erejuwa appreciated God for the life of the departed nonagenarian, and for leaving behind successful children and indelible legacies, stressing that he was a great blessing to his family, community and the entire Niger Delta region of Ondo State.
“We are here today to celebrate the glorious transition of our leader, father and grandfather, High Chief Happy Ebikawei Atili. Baba lived a fulfilled and impactful life dedicated to the service of God, empathy for humanity and the betterment of his community. He served humanity in various capacities. He was a member of the customary court, Arogbo, and later got elevated to the position of the Court President. He also served as a supervisory councilor in Arogbo Ijaw, under the Pa. Adekunle Ajasin led UPN Government. Until his last breath, he remained committed, useful and politically relevant.
“Baba was an embodiment of humility. We are proud of him and for a life well spent. He left behind successful children amongst whom are our own Hon. Agabra Ikoto Atili. The entire Niger Delta has lost an Icon. We pray God grant his departed soul eternal rest”.
Also at the event were Board members: Hon. Raphael Akingboye and Engineer Steve Fadaini, with Barrister Bayo Ololajulo (Director, Administration & Supplies).