By Stanley Onyekwere
There have been outpouring of prayers and tearful tributes from some officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for one of their dependable colleagues, late Deborah Edebo Musa, who died in an auto crash, along Igah-Ugbokpo in Apa Local Government Area of Benue state.
Late Deborah, 44 years old, reportedly died a week ago while returning to Abuja after the Yuletide holidays, hitherto to her demise was a senior staff of the Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage (DOAS), a revenue collection arm of the FCTA, her last place of posting.
The grieving rank and file civil servants from various departments and agencies of FCTA in their diverse shades of mourning the sudden death of Deborah, at a candle night service organised in her honour said they would greatly miss a hardworking and dedicated professional.
Opening the flood gate of tearful tributes and prayers in her welcome remarks at the Diplomats’ Park and recreation in Area 1, Graki-Abuja, where the which was massively attended by FCTA staff, friends and family, Acting Director FCT Department of Reform Coordination and Service Improvement, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu said the deceased was not just an efficient and loyal staff, but a dependable ally.
Ahmadu described Deborah’s death as a great loss that will not be easily forgotten considering her contributions to humanity and the entire FCT Administration.
According to her, the life and times of Deborah should encourage people to always try to create and leave legacies that will have positive impact.
Other officials of FCTA took turn pay tributes in honour of late Deborah include Head, Media and Public Enlightenment of the FCT COVID-19 Taskforce, Comrade Ikahro Attah, representatives of management of Funds office in the FCT Treasury Department, FCT Emergency Management Agency, and DOAS amongst others.
However, in sermon titled, ‘Victory in our tears’, Babatunde Babadiya, charged Christians to always be prepared for death.
According to him, late Deborah worked like a labourer, not a staff and should be emulated, “She left the world with hope because she has finished well, devoted worshipper of God”.
He therefore advised her friends to stop weeping because Deborah has finished her work, and is in Heaven.