Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, has expressed shock and sadness over the sudden death of a former Commissioner for Establishment and Special Duties in Edo State, Comrade Didi Adodo.
Agba, in a condolence message, on Tuesday, described Adodo as “a dear friend” and one of the brightest minds in the cabinet of former Governor Adams Oshiomhole in which he (Agba) also served.
In the message contained in a press statement by his Special Assistant (Media), Sufuyan Ojeifo, the minister said with the death of Adodo, Nigeria had lost a great pathfinder who had an “incredibly positive impact on the labour movement as well as citizens of our state.”
The press statement quoted Agba to have said: “I received with sadness the death today (Tuesday) of Comrade Didi Adodo in Benin City, Edo State after a brief illness.
“Didi Adodo was a dear friend who had an incredibly positive impact on the labour movement as well as citizens of our state.
“He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
“With his death, Nigeria has lost a great servant and a committed man who served his people with dignity.
“Adodo was a selfless, humble and loving person and these qualities endeared him to people in his long career in the labour unions.
“My prayers and thoughts are with his family and the labour movements in Nigeria in this moment of grief.
“He was a gentleman who always championed the cause of the masses especially workers.
“He was a jovial and empathetic man who cherished friendship.
“As a former colleague in the Edo State Executive Council for eight years, I will continue to remember him as one of the brightest minds of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led Administration.
“He was knowledgeable and brought to bear, in public office, the wealth of experience he gained as a former student union and labour leader.
“His family, friends and all Nigerians would miss a great patriot and notable contributor to the making of a modern Edo State.”