BY EDMOND ODOK, ABUJA – The Chairman, Board and Management of Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC), Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), has expressed deep shock over the tragic death of former Acting Managing Director of the Commission, Pastor Power Aginighan.
In a statement signed by his Special Assistant (Communications), Mrs Clara Braide on Monday in Abuja, Ndoma-Egba described the death as ‘a huge and overwhelming loss’ to the Niger Delta region and the country.
In his condolence message, the NDDC Board Chairman said despite deep pains to the deceased’s family as a result of “this very sad and untimely demise”, they must take consolation and faith in the will of God Almighty.
“Nothing happens in this world except God permits. It is most heart-breaking and devastating for a family to lose a father and son at the same time in such a tragic circumstance.
“I pray Almighty God to grant his wife, the rest of Aginighan family and entire Ijaw kingdom, the fortitude to bear the great loss”, the message said.
Senator Ndoma-Egba described Aginighan as being passionate in the struggle for better living condition for the people of Niger Delta, noting that the late cleric served in various leadership positions in many organisations and was committed to improving the quality of lives of Niger Delta people and Nigerians in general.
The NDDC Chairman, who also acknowledged that Aginighan remained very supportive to the commission, years after serving as the Acting Managing Director, said; “This is indeed a huge and overwhelming loss for his wife, family, the Ijaw Kingdom, the people of the Niger Delta Region and the entire Board, Management and Staff of NDDC.”
He therefore prayed God Almighty to bless the soul of deceased and grant those he left behind the fortitude to bear and overcome the irreparable loss
Born on January 9, 1959 at Ezebri, Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta, the late Aginighan was also former Director-General, Ijaw Youths Action League among other leadership positions in the region.
Similarly, Aginighan had the mandate to speak for the Delta Ijaw members of the All People Congress (APC) at both state and national levels, just as he moderated at the cease fire peace conference organised by Warri Ijaw/Itsekiri Grassroots Peace Front at Warri Club under the auspices of the Joint Military Task Force in June 2004.
That event signaled the end of a seven-year of hostility between the Ijaws and the Itsekiris of Warri.
According to reports, the auto crash that claimed the life of Aginighan, his son and police orderly took place along the Mbiama section of the East-West Road, Bayelsa on Friday, August 31, 2018 – With NAN reports