Nigeria: Immediate past Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has charged leaders entrusted with public responsibilities to eternalize their names through their legacies as he felicitated with the immortalization of little Maris Egugbo eight years on.

Taking his turn in the Prayers of the Faithful during the celebration of

Thanksgiving Mass on Wednesday in Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Area, Uduaghan said that it is not the longevity of existence on earth that matters but the reason for living.

He charged relatives and well-wishers of the proprietor, Mr. Fidelis Egugbo, to take advantage of Maris Academy built in memory of the deceased Stella Maris Egugbo who passed on in 2010 at the age of eight, even as he lauded the father for keeping his promise.

In his homily, Very Rev. Fr. John Konyeke, said that the worth of a person is

enshrined in the legacies bequeathed upon his generation, even as he charged those at the helm of affairs in all human endeavour to impact lives with their deeds and desist from self –praise.

He lamented the prolonged underdevelopment prevailing in the country, stressing that contrary to scholastic blames on Europe for impoverishing Africa, the onus lies on Africans to change their fortune, even as he said “the capacity to lead and make meaning of life is within us”. “Stella Maris lived for only eight years and seven months but is immortalized today as the hope for all children. Deeds and not stones are the true monuments of the great,” he said.

In his address, veteran journalist and Government House correspondent of The Pointer Newspaper, Mr. Fidelis Egugbo, said that the school was designed to instil good morals and groom future leaders with the provision of standard academic facilities and services, even as he appreciated and tasked the congregants to help in making society a better place through their inestimable support.

“In everything, in every situation, we are admonished to give thanks to God. Though her passage was a devastating blow to all of us, we cried openly and mourned silently got confused about what life is all about but God in his infinite mercy gave us the courage to move on ” he said.



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