EKPOMA, NIGERIA. July 13, 2020…. The Chairman, Board of Directors of the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), Prof Ben Aigbokhan is dead. The Late Professor of Economics and Immediate Past Vice Chancellor of Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogua, Edo State died on Monday July 6, 2020, from a brief illness, a development that forced the management to close all its offices on Tuesday in honour of their late Board chairman.
Executive Director and member of the Board of ANEEJ, the Rev David Ugolor who led a delegation of other Board members and top management staff of the leading Civil Society Organisation on a condolence visit to the family home of the Aigbokhans in Ekpoma today expressed sadness at the loss of Prof Aigbokhan.
Addressing family of their deceased Board chairman, Ugolor said ANEEJ has lost a great supporter who has identified with the organization for over 25 years.
“Our Board chairman, Prof Ben Aigbokhan was such a great inspiration to us, an active Board member who dedicated his life to service of humanity. He was a brilliant scholar who saw it all in academics, a knowledge he readily made available for civil society activism and we cannot forget his contributions to the growth and development of ANEEJ.” Ugolor said.
The ANEEJ helmsman told the widow of Professor Ben and his children to take solace in the fact that their Late father lived a good life and has gone to be with the Lord.
In a tribute, ANEEJ Board member, Mr. Nowinta Igbotako who accompanied ANEEJ management on the visit said his forlorn colleague impacted his immediate community, Nigeria and the world at large with his academic works. “The death of our Chairman hit us like a bolt from the blues because none of us ever thought Prof Ben would die any time soon. The news of his death came to us as a rude shock and we are all saddened with his demise.”
Son of the Late ANEEJ Board Chairman, Akhare Aigbokhan who spoke on behalf of the family thanked ANEEJ Board members and Management staff for coming to condole them on the death of their father.
He said that the family is encouraged by the visit just like many other organizations and groups have been visiting since the death of their bread winner and assured the ANEEJ delegation that the family would fully brief the organization on the plan for his burial once they are concluded.
ANEEJ Executive Director told the family that the management and staff of ANEEJ would stand shoulder to shoulder with the family in their moment of grief and would fully participate in the burial ceremony.
The ANEEJ delegation included the Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Leo Atakpu and Acting Head of Finance and Administration, Mrs. Mary Igharo.