Some members of Anambra Councillors Forum, ASCOF, at the burial of their fallen colleague.
On Friday, May 12, the immediate past councillors in Anambra State gathered at Amawbia to bid adieu to their departed colleague, Ikechukwu Nwana, from Umuokpu in Amawia, Awka South LGA of Anambra State.
It was a solemn occasion as the members recalled how the deceased suffered and died from an illness he could have survived from had he been treated like other councillors in other states.
He died at the age of 44, leaving behind, three teary-eyed little kids and a distraught wife.
Reading his tribute at the chambers, the former leader of Awka South, Hon Kenechukwu Nwokike, described the deceased as humane, diligent and one that a listening ear.
The chairman of Anambra Councillors Forum, Hon Anayo Okpaleke, in his tribute, described Nwana as a dedicated member of ASCOF who gave everything to the struggle to by the body to get its due.
Other speakers included the secretary of ASCOF, Hon Ezekiel Nwokoye; Hon Dora Nonyelu and Hon Ben Nweke. They all praised Nwana for his doggedness and commitment.
Next stop was at St Paul's Anglican Church, Umuokpu, for Church Service, after which the ASCOF chairman urged the family of the deceased to rally round his wife and children to ensure that they did not suffer. The body later arrived his compound, also in Umuokpu, for interment.
The members of ASCOF, through their chairman, condoled with the deceased's wife, praying God to give her and her children the fortitude to bear their loss.
ASCOF made cash donations to the family to aid in the education of the children.
The deceased's sad fate, which was avoidable had there been empowerment, was part of the reasons why the ex-councillors had battled the Anambra State Government for their statutory entitlements to justify their service to the state and communities.