By Stephanie Ikanone
Tears on Saturday rolled uncontrollably when the remains of the late former member of the House of Representatives and commissioner representing Sapele, Okpe and Ethiope West LGAs on the board of the Delta State Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Hon. Joyce Overah, was buried.
Overah, a former chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was buried at his family compound in Sapele on Saturday amidst eulogies from political associates, friends and relations who attended the funeral to pay him last respect.
The late lawmaker died on Tuesday 9th June, 2020 after a brief illness in Sapele
Top leaders of the PDP led by the state chairman of the party, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso, attended the burial, where they described the late Overah as a pillar of support and loyal party member who contributed immensely to the growth of the party in the state.
Esiso, in his tribute, said the “late Rt. Hon. Joyce Overah was a loyal and dedicated party member whose contribution to the growth and development of Delta State was immense.
The Delta PDP chairman added that the deceased spent his life on earth serving humanity and would be greatly missed by those who largely benefitted from his benevolence.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Julius Egbedi, in his remark, noted that the late DESOPADEC Commissioner was a fine gentleman who will be greatly missed, just as he prayed God to grant him eternal rest.
While also paying tribute to Overah, the Executive Chairman of Sapele Council, Hon. Eugene Inoaghan, described death of the later lawmaker as a great loss to the Okpe Kingdom, adding that his leadership qualities will remain indelible in the hearts of many.
He prayed that God who called home the astute politician will assist the children who are still very young.
In the same vein, Hon. Austine Ayemidejor, the Special Project Director of Asaba International Airport, told newsmen at the burial ceremony that Overah was someone who showed clarity of thought, strength of character, courage, extraordinary political sagacity and dexterity in the pursuit of his political career.
“His death is a great loss to Delta State and the Okpe Kingdom, and that is why we all mourn his demise with profound feeling of loss”, Ayemidejor added.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, Chief Ejaife Odebala described the former DESOPADEC commissioner as a peacemaker and thoroughbred Politician who contributed to the development of Sapele and Okpe Kingdom.
“Hon. Overah’s death is a great loss to the Sapele Political class and Delta State in general. He was a brother and a friend, he would surely be missed” he added
Mr Raymond Overah who spoke on behalf of the family appreciated all who joined the family to give the late Hon. Joyce Overah a befitting burial, while adding that the vacuum he left will be difficult for anyone to fill.