The Bayelsa State Executive Council has held a special valedictory
session in honour of Senator Inatimi Rufus-Spiff, who served the state
and Rivers State in different capacities.
The technocrat and politician, who died at sixty-eight years, was one-
time Secretary to State Government in old Rivers State during the
Rufus Ada-George administration and served as Commissioner for
Education during late Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha government as
well as represented Bayelsa East Senatorial District at the Red
chambers from two thousand and three to two thousand seven.
He was also chairman of the Brass Caucus of the Peoples Democratic
Party as well as chairman of the party’s reconciliation committee in
Speaking inside the Executive Council Chambers in Government
House, Yenagoa, Governor Diri said the deceased was a pillar of
support to his government and an inspiration to many Bayelsans.
Diri stressed that the late Rufus-Spiff never failed in any assignment
he was privileged to serve, noting that he helped in the building of the
old Rivers State and continued to render selfless service to Bayelsa till
The governor recalled how he appointed him into the PDP
presidential campaign council in the state ahead of two thousand and
twenty-three presidential election, stating that he was ready to make
him the face of the campaign in Bayelsa.
Governor Diri also directed that his son be given automatic
employment in the state civil service.
Speaking on behalf of past Secretaries to State Government, Amb.
Boladei Igali described the special valedictory session as a great
consolation to the wife and family, saying the services, commitment
and loyalty of the deceased to the state and Ijaw nation was second to
Also, Prof. Godini Darah, on behalf of the Pan Niger Delta Forum
(PANDEF), said the group benefited immensely from the late
Senator’s contributions to the growth of the region.
Prof. Darah, who is the PANDEF chairman in Delta State, said the
group appreciated all his sacrifice to the struggle of the Ijaw nation,
adding that he was one of the greatest leaders of PANDEF.
Other speakers, who paid glowing tributes to Rufus-Spiff were Sen.
Emmanuel Paulker, Sen. John Brambaifa, a former Bayelsa
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tarila Tebepah, former Speaker in the
old Rivers State House of Assembly, Talford Ongolo, state PDP
chairman, Mr. Solomon Agwana and the state Attorney General and
Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Diriyai Dambo, who spoke on behalf
of the cabinet members.
Rufus-Spiff will be interred in his hometown, Cameroon-ama in
Twon-Brass, headquarters of Brass Local Government Area today.