Nigerian Government inaugurates committee for Oladipo Diya’s funeral
Rahila Lassa, Abuja
The Nigerian Government has inaugurated a State Funeral Committee for the former Chief of General Staff, the late Oladipo Diya.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha said the Committee is saddled with the mandate of planning a befitting burial for the elder statesman.
While inaugurating the Committee, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, urged the Committee to ensure that the late elder statesman is given a befitting burial.
The SGF, who was represented by Permanent Secretary, General Services Office in the Office of the Secretary to the Government, Dr. Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri stated that the State Funeral Committee would among other things, organise a proper burial for General Diya in collaboration with Ogun and Lagos State Governments.
The Funeral Committee, which is chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha were drawn from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
According to him, five sub-committees were also approved by President Muhammadu Buhari to facilitate the seamless execution of the State funeral programme for the late Chief of General Staff.
Speaking on behalf of the Executive Governor of Ogun State, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ganiyu Hamzat, assured the SGF of the preparedness of the State Government to partner with the Federal Government to give the late Chief of General Staff a grand state funeral.
He added that the State Government has magnanimously donated the sum of N50 million and also upgrade road infrastructure to ease movement to the funeral area.
While responding, the son of the former Chief of General Staff, Oyedamola Diya, on behalf of the family thanked the Federal Government and the Ogun State Government for standing by them over the demise of their father and also organising a befitting burial for him.
He disclosed that the Service of Songs, Night of Tribute would commence on Sunday, 23rd July 2023 to climax with the final burial rites and interment on Saturday 29th July 2023.