The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, says President Muhammadu Buhari has honoured former vice president, late Dr. Alex Ekwueme, in all areas, and is committed to giving the deceased elder statesman a befitting burial.
He stated this on Sunday at Ekwueme’s hometown in Oko, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State after inspecting facilities for the burial of the late former vice president.
Ngige said Buhari has committed about N1bn on Ekwueme from when the federal government took over his medical bills to date, adding that rehabilitation of roads in Anambra state and neighbouring communities of Imo and Abia in preparation for the burial had gulped about N480m.
He maintained that the federal government was leaving nothing to chance in ensuring that members of the Ekwueme family enjoy the role played by their late patriarch in ensuring a better Nigeria
According to him, “You know that I belong to the Ekwueme family; I’m part of that family.
“I am in various committees and subcommittees for the burial of this great statesman. I can tell you authoritatively that Mr President (Buhari) is committed and passionate in ensuring a befitting burial for Ekwueme.
“If he doesn’t come for the burial himself, I’m sure the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, will be here for the burial as a matter of right.
“So, I’m here to inspect the facilities in preparation for his burial; and I can tell you that I’m satisfied with the progress of work.
“The federal government is doing rehabilitation works on Amawbia/Ekwulobia road, up to Uga and Akokwa in Imo State.
“We’re also doing road rehabilitation on Oko/Umunze road up to Ibinta in Abia State.
“I know the cost of all this, not less than N480m.
“The federal government is building the mausoleum, which will contain a modern library and other facilities and I also know the cost of that too.
“And remember that the federal government took up all the medical bills of flying him abroad and bringing him back to Nigeria from London upon his death.
“The cost of hiring an air ambulance is not a joke. So, Buhari has honoured this Igbo son in all ramifications.
“He has committed not less than a billion naira in this project because he is passionate about it.”
Ngige further disclosed that the federal government was considering naming a national monument after Ekwueme as a way of immortalising him.