The Edo State Government has disclosed plans to immortalise late music maestro, Prof. Victor Uwaifo, for his contributions to the development of Edo State and the country.
Chief of Staff to the Governor, Osaigbovo Iyoha, disclosed this on Monday while briefing journalists at the Government House in Benin City.
According to Iyoha, “In a couple of days, you will know what we are doing as a government to immortalise our son and legendary musical icon. Plans are on in this regard and will be unveiled before the end of the burial ceremony.”
He added that the state government has deemed it necessary to join the family to give the music icon a befitting burial, adding, “Late Prof. Victor Uwaifo has brought honour to Edo State and Nigeria, bringing us to global recognition.”
The government, in collaboration with the Uwaifo family, also unveiled a four-day programme of activities for the burial of the music legend.
The burial ceremony is expected to kick-off on Thursday, 14th October 2021, with a day of Tributes, Vigil Mass/Service of Songs at Ogbe Hard-court, Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, from 2 pm to 6 pm.
Friday 15th October 2021, which is the second day of the programme will be for the lying in state at Ogbe Hard-court, Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium from 9 am to 1 pm. This will be followed by Requiem Mass, as well as interment on the same day between 1 and 3 pm.
Day three, which is Saturday 16th, October 2021, there will be social activities at Garrick Playground, Ekenwan Road, Benin City, by 12 noon.
The four-day programme will end on Sunday 17th October 2021, with a Thanksgivings Service at Holy Cross Catholic Cathedral, Mission Road Benin City, from 11 am prompt.