Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has expressed shock over the sudden demise of Chairman State Environmental Sanitation Authority, Mr. Tolu Amatu.
While condoling with the bereaved family at his residence in Yenagoa Governor Diri offered automatic scholarship to his children.
Describing Mr. Amatu as a humble man, who worked hard for the administration and the state, the governor said he spoke to him only a week ago before he received the shocking news of his departure.
He said Mr. Amatu died at a time his services were most needed, particularly in political campaigns in Ekeremor Local Government Area, noting that he passed on in active service and assured the family of his administration’s support in giving him a befitting burial.
Governor Diri however noted that his demise should serve as a lesson to those alive, particularly the political class, stressing that his death should unite the people and not allow politics to divide them.
Responding on behalf of the Amatu family, Mr. Engema Jumbo expressed gratitude to the governor for his support as well as for leading a high-powered delegation to identify with them in their moment of grief just a day after his death.
Mr. Jumbo, who described the gesture as a show of love for the family and the entire Ekeremor people, said he was a pillar of support to the entire family as he sponsored the education of a lot of young people.
Mr. Amatu was chairman of the Ekeremor council during the administration of former Governor Seriake Dickson and was also a People’s Democratic Party House of Representatives aspirant for the Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency.
Dignitaries that accompanied the governor on the visit were his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Abraham Ingobere, other state lawmakers, commissioners and other top government functionaries.