Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has commiserated with the family members, government and the people of Edo on the death of former Minister of Works, Chief Tony Anenih, who died on Sunday at 85 years in Abuja.
The governor’s condolence was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu on Sunday in Asaba.
He described the late Iyasele of Esanland (Anenih), as a committed patriot who served the nation at the highest levels with an uncommon sense of patriotism and unwavering dedication.
Okowa said: “I am deeply saddened by the death of elder statesman and former Chairman Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Tony Anenih (CFR), who passed on at the age of 85 years.
“He was a committed patriot, an astute politician and a former Minister of Works who worked to better the lots of his people and Nigerians in general.
“Through his purposeful leadership and development strides, the late Anenih influenced the dualisation of the Benin-Asaba Road, Benin-Warri Road and the Benin bypass road which brought about unprecedented development to the Niger Delta region.”
He said that as a democrat, late Anenih etched his name in the annals of Nigeria’s democratic advancement by working courageously for the emergence and consolidation of the Fourth Republic in 1999 when he joined forces with other leaders to form the PDP.
Before venturing into politics, Chief Anenih retired from the Nigeria Police Force as a Commissioner of Police.
The governor said the deceased bestrode Nigeria’s political landscape like a collossus where he mentored several succesfull politicians across the country.
Okowa said: “His good works as a dedicated family man, selfless politician and great philanthropist as well as his ability to consistently, at every turn, resolve knotty political puzzles would later earn him the sobriquet – “Mr. Fix It” which would continue to live after him.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I convey our deepest sympathy to the Anenih family, the people of Uromi and Esan Land, Edo State, and the rest of the country.
“May his soul find eternal repose in the bosom of the Almighty God.”