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Edo gov, Ogie, others pay tributes to late Pa Gaius-Obaseki

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki (right); Parish Priest, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Reverend Father Ujah Gabriel Ejembi; children of the late Pa George Osayomore Gaius-Obaseki: Michael, Francis and Christopher Obaseki, at the vigil mass for the deceased in Benin City…yesterday

State records eight new cases, 15 recoveries from COVID-19
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, led government officials to pay their last respects to the late Pa George Osayomore Gaius-Obaseki.

Pa Gaius-Obaseki, an educationist, Aeronautic and Automotive Engineer and uncle to Governor Obaseki, died at the age of 92.

Other dignitaries at the burial ceremony include Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie and Head of Service (HOS), Anthony Okungbowa, among others.

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Obaseki described the late Pa Gaius-Obaseki as an educationist, who revalidated the value of the Obaseki family, adding: “He was my father’s immediate elder brother. He represented what the family stands for, which is education.”

Parish Priest of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Benin City, Reverend Father Ujah Gabriel Ejembi, described the deceased as “a great man and a true Christian, who lived his life serving God.”

“Papa walked the path of faith, truth and justice, displaying the true symbol of Christ. He supported the Church in the hospitality department and left a strong legacy. He is a man of faith and has responded to the cry and the voice of the needy in society,” he said.

MEANWHILE, the state has recorded eight new cases and 15 more recoveries from coronavirus (COVID-19), with no death reported, as the government ramps up efforts to curtail spread of the second wave of the pandemic.

State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this during the daily virtual meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, chaired by Governor Obaseki.

He noted that the government has intensified sample collection and testing as well as sensitisation and enforcement to ensure compliance with preventive protocols to guard against the spread of the infectious disease.

Obi further charged citizens with any COVID-19 symptoms to contact the Edo Emergency Operation Centre for assistance.

“Edo recorded eight confirmed cases and 15 recoveries from COVID-19, with 232 active cases in the last 24 hours. The eight new cases were confirmed from 168 samples collected within the time frame,” he said.

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