President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday commiserated with Edo state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, over the death of the Executive Secretary of the defunct Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), Chief Tayo Akpata.
This is coming as he felicitates with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111, as he turns 76 today.
The President in separate statements signed by his Special Adviser on media and publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, extended sincere condolences to Chief Akpata’s widow, Chief (Mrs.) Olabisi Akpata, his children, grandchildren and other relatives.
As they mourn their beloved husband, father and grandfather, the President urged them to take solace in the memory of Akpata’s long, successful and very fulfilled life in the service of his family, community, state and country.
“President Jonathan believes that Nigeria will greatly miss the astute administrator who made notable contributions to national development through his outstanding work in the country’s public and private sectors in various capacities, including Trustee and Executive Secretary of the defunct Petroleum Trust Fund,” he stated.
On the Alaafin’s 76th birthday, Jonathan expressed his appreciation for the continued support of the monarch for the Federal Government’s efforts to accelerate the pace of socio-economic development in Nigeria.
He also applauded the monarch’s laudable contributions to peace, harmony and progress in Oyo State and Nigeria.
“On behalf of my family, the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I write to convey warm felicitations to Your Highness on the occasion of your 76th birthday anniversary.
“You have not only continued to use your exalted throne to promote peace, harmony and progress in your kingdom and Oyo State, you have also continued to provide unwavering support for our Administration in our determined quest to reposition our dear nation for enduring stability and sustained growth and development. For this, I thank Your Highness,” President Jonathan wrote.