Ozoro community declares three-day mourning for Okpozo
The Ozoro community in Isoko North Local Council area of Delta State has declared a three-day mourning period for the late Senator Francis Spanner Okpozo.The mourning period will begin on January 5 and end on the 7.
Okposo, who was a Deputy Speaker in the defunct Bendel State House of Assembly and a senator, died on December 26, 2016 at the age of 82.The traditional ruler of Ozoro, Anthony Uvietobore, Ibuka 1, said the period was declared after due consultation with the Ozoro traditional council.
He also announced that a committee had been set up to organise a befitting burial for the deceased.The monarch said: “We are still in shock and I’m still troubled by the trauma of his death, because it was a big loss that fell on the kingdom. It would be difficult to fill the vacuum that his demise has created.
“During the mourning period, every indigene of the kingdom shall wear a black symbol in his honour.”The monarch added that the Ovie-in-Council might consider the extension of the burial period because of the enormity of the senator’s contributions to Ozoro community and beyond.
The monarch further disclosed that the late Okposo would be immortalised by naming a symbol after him in the community. He added that the symbol would be unveiled on the last day of his burial.
The spokesman for Ozoro elders and leaders, Fred Obe, would chair the burial committee, while Raphael Efemari would serve as the Secretary.Okposo’s eldest son, Edgar expressed appreciation to the community for planning a befitting burial for their father.
He promised the members who visited the family that they would give them the needed cooperation.Obe told the family that members of the committee were spread across all divides, including political parties that the late Okposo nurtured to maturity.