The ancient Community of Itebu-Kunmi, was agog on Friday 20th October as dignitaries from all walks of life trooped in to bid High Chief Prince Beniah Olanrewaju Eniafe Fadaini farewell.
The deceased is the father of Engineer Steve Fadaini, a Commissioner on the Board of the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, OSOPADEC. He was aged 100.
Amongst the personalities in attendance were the OSOPADEC chairman, Elder Sam Erejuwa, who led the Board and Management of the Commission to the funeral service in honour of Engr. Steve Fadaini.
Reflecting on the life and time of his late father, Engr. Fadaini said though departed, his memories, legacies and passion to add values to the lives of individuals, his immediate Community and Ilajeland at large cannot be forgotten.
In his words: “My father, Prince Beniah Eniafe, popularly called Baba Dispenser was a man of honour, dignity and purpose. He used everything within his disposal to ensure that we his children are not deficient when it comes to western, moral and spiritual education.
“He was an excellent community and religious leader who used his resources to serve humanity. He has great passion for the development of Ilaje and Ese-Odo.
“As a Nurse, he traverse different communities in Ilaje/Ese-Odo rendering medical services to the sick. He was always available to offer free humanitarian medical care to people. I have vowed to keep these legacies alive”.
OSOPADEC Chairman, Sam Erejuwa equally extolled the virtues of the late High Chief, Prince Beniah Eniafe Fadaini whom he called an Icon, a pillar and a father whose footsteps are worthy of emulation, assuring that the dreams of the deceased for the development of Ilaje and Ese-Odo would be sustained.
Erejuwa said “I commiserate with the family of our departed father, Late Prince Beniah Eniafe Fadaini, the people of Itebu-Kunmi, everyone and Community where Baba impacted on this painful, eternal but glorious transition.
“Reading through his biography, my heart marvelled on the selfless and humanity services he rendered to our people across different parts of Ilaje and Ese-Odo both in his youthful age and after his retirement from the public service. He was a compassionate Nurse through whom many lives were rescued from the jaw of untimely death. I am not surprised people nicknamed him ‘Baba Dispenser’.
“I urge the entire family, the Church and the people of Itebu-Kunmi to seek solace in the fact that Baba lived a fulfilled and impactful life, and has gone to rest with the Lord.
“To us, Baba was a hero, an Icon, philanthropist, a pillar and symbol of hope. In our own little way, we will sustain his legacies by doing more, especially in providing our people quality health care.
“OSOPADEC has health workers in health centres across the mandate areas. The construction of the General Hospital Agadagba Obon would soon be completed and commissioned for public use.
“In the coming days, we will be partnering with the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) to carry out comprehensive health program for our people in the mandate areas. The much anticipated weeklong event would feature clinical breast examination and cervical cancer screening for women, prostate cancer screening for men.
“There will also be test and treatment of Malaria, ophthalmology, diabetes, typhoid, ulcer, intestinal worm infections and high blood pressure.
Other Board Members including Hon. Atili Ikoto Agabra, Hon. Raphael Adegboye were on ground to celebrate with Engr. Fadaini.
Equally in attendance were Barrister Bayo Ololajulo (Director Administration and Supplies) and Mr. Wale Mafolabomi (Director, Community Welfare).