The Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi has promised to pick the bill for the funeral ceremony of the late literary icon, Captain Elechi Amadi.
Amaechi, who is the immediate past governor of Rivers State, gave the promise at the weekend when he paid a condolence visit to the family of late Elechi Amadi in Mbodo, Aluu community in Obio /Akpor local government area of the Rivers State.
Amaechi said his decision to sponsor the burial of the late literary giant was to reciprocate the late captain’s sterling contributions to the success and development of Ikwerre ethnic nationality in particular and Rivers state in general.
Amaechi, like the late Amadi, is from the Ikwerre ethnic group in Rivers State.
Ameachi said he would set up a burial organising committee with his wife to liaise with the deceased’s family to give the late literary icon a befitting burial.
“I was taken aback when I heard that captain is dead. We had a very special relationship. He was a father to me.
“There are a lot of things I had discussed with captain that I needed to put in writing concerning Ikwerre. Unfortunately, I didn’t sit down with him to put those things in writing before his death.
“My wife and I have agreed to put our committee of friends together to take the responsibility of burying captain one hundred percent.
“He was a writer before he died and because most writers are complex, very complex people, what I intend to do is set up a committee to liaise with his family.
“We would obey and comply with all that captain said he wants in his burial, whatever he said,” Amaechi said.
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