Before Uwaifo’s funeral, Edo government renovates Uwaifo Avenue and adjourns streets
Prior to the state funeral of the late music maestro Sir Victor Uwaifo, the Edo State government began renovations / construction on the road to his house, Sir Victor Uwaifo Avenue, Off College Road, Benin and adjourned streets.
When the Sunday Nigerian Tribune visited his home yesterday in upscale Benin, a Caterpillar grader was seen working intensely on the road while a load of dumpers were busy making multiple trips, dumping sand on the road. road just as the lavish residence was wearing a new coat of white paint.
Boulder drainages on nearby Erhomonsle by St Francis Catholic Church and Omorodion streets have since been cleaned up while the wrong spots have been cut, filled with stone base and awaiting paving.
The remains of the superstar who died at the age of 80 on August 28 at Stella Obasanjo Hospital in Benin from pneumonia are expected to be buried between September 14 and 16 at his residence in Benin City.
Government House Chief of Staff Osaigbovo Iyoha had revealed that the government was making deals with the family of the late music legend to ensure a successful state burial.
Iyoha added: “The governor has approved the state burial of an illustrious and beloved Edo music icon, Sir Uwaifo.
“The Edo State government is working closely with the Uwaifo family to ensure a flawless burial in the state.”
The third son of the late music icon, Mr. Goodman Uwaifo confirmed that the government had a series of family meetings in order to have a successful funeral for the elder Uwaifo.
He said: “We are in contact with the state government. The family and the state government are determined to give him a funeral worthy of the name. Renovation / construction works are in high gear thanks to the state government. We are very grateful.
Uwaifo (MON) was Edo State’s Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism during the administration of former Governor Lucky Igbinedion and won the first Africa Gold Record (Joromi) released in 1965 and seven other gold records in Guitar boy, Arabade, Ekassa series and Akwete music.
Born March 1, 1941, he is a writer, sculptor, inventor of musical instruments and university professor.
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