Reporter : UCHE NDEKE
The remains of the former Director General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Mr. Ben Egbuuna, have been laid to rest in his country house, Adagbe Avomimi, Enugwu Ukwu in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State.
During the funeral mass held at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, a visiting priest, and Dean, Akpo Deanery, Ekwulobia Diocese, the Reverend Father Paul Dimude, called on faithful to see death as a divine call that awaits all mortals.
The Late Ben Egbuna was a said to be a thoroughbred media professional, who travelled far and wide before his retirement in 2008, having served his fatherland meritoriously for thirty-five years, rising to the peak of his career as the Director General of FRCN.
In a sermon, the Reverend Father Dimude said death was inevitable and that all mortals must be prepared at all time to answer their maker.
He admonished people to always love one another despite the economic challenges confronting them at any given time.
The priest charged the wife and children of the deceased to be strong and know that it is their responsibility continue from where their late father stopped.
Wife of the deceased, Mrs. Betty Egbuna, described her husband as a man who believed in professionalism and never joked with his family despite where he was posted to.
The first son, Uche Egbuna, said his father was a perfect gentleman, who made sure his children had a strong passion for whatever they chose to do in life and promised to sustain the legacies he left behind.
For the Director General of Radio Nigeria, Mallam Mansiu Lihman, late Ben Egbuna was a quintessential broadcaster, who never compromised standard no matter the pressure.
Represented by the Zonal Director, Enugu Zonal Station, Pastor Emmanuel Inebgidion, the FRCN DG said the late broadcaster was an embodiment of a sincerity and he contributed immensely to the growth and development of the country through his uprightness and professionalism.
He said the late Ben Egbuna never involved himself in double dealings and corruption practices.
Before joining Radio Nigeria, Late Ben was a senior member of staff of the Voice of Nigeria.
In an interview, the Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Chief Osita Okechukwu said the late Egbuna was a universal person whose humility and savvy must be emulated by all media practitioners.
In a message earlier released by the Anambra Government, the state Commissioner for information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C-Don Adinuba noted that the state lost a pathfinder, an urbane and detribalized professional, whose word was his bond.
The Late Egbuna, who was born as the first son into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Nnaemeka Egbuna of Adagbe Avomimi Village Enugwu-Ukwu, Njikoka Local Government Area, died in the early hours of Saturday, January 30, 2021, at the age of seventy-one.