Keshi: Burial committee to be inaugurated today

The National Committee for the state funeral of the late Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi (CON) who died on June 8 is to be inaugurated today by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung.

Dalung approved the constitution of the national burial committee which comprises family members, coaches, ex-internationals, a club owner, media, football administrators, representatives of the ministry of sports, the armed forces and para-military.

The committee will be headed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Christian Chinyeaka Ohaa, while he will be assisted by the the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr Amaju Pinnick.

Other committee members are Ambassador Joe Keshi, Emmanuel Ado, Jennifer Keshi, Dr Ifeanyi Ubah, Augustine Eguavoen, Joseph Yobo, Coach Fanny Amun, Austine Mgbolu, Mitchell Obi, Dr Mohammed Sanusi and Luka Jonathan Mangset.

Chief Tonobok Okowa will represent Delta State, while Mr Prestly Ediagbonya is from Edo State. Prince Vincent Okumagba will stand in for the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, while Brigadier-General U.O. Olatoye represents the Nigerian Army. There is also Ayodele Titus from the Nigeria Civil Defence and Security Corps and a representative of the Nigeria Police.

Mrs Hauwa Kulu  Akinyemi will serve as secretary of the committee.

The committee will be inaugurated at the conference room of the Youth and Sports ministry, Federal Secretariat, Abuja at 10.00am.