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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Stakeholders mourn Ikhemumhe


*As he goes home

INFORMATION and Communication Technologies (ICTs) stakeholders under the aegis of a non-governmental organization (NGO), the Joint Action Committee on ICT Awareness and Development (JACITAD), are in pains as they mourn the passing on of one of their members, Mr. Godfrey Ikhemumhe.

He died at his home in Lagos, penultimate Monday, and would tomorrow be buried at his home town, Okpella in Edo State.

Reacting to the demise, JACITAD in conjunction with stakeholders declared a one-week mourning beginning last Wednesday, thus putting all ICT-related activities on hold.

President, JACITAD, Mr. Biyi Fashoyin informed that though Mr. Ikhemumhe is dead, he would always be remembered for his active role in repositioning information dissemination that characterized the ICT revolution in the country, especially in the last half a decade.

He described it as a huge loss to the ICT industry, assuring that stakeholders have taken a firm decision led by JACITAD not to abandon his family, as an endowment fund is underway.

This, he said, would assist the family in ensuring that the children left behind benefit from a sound and qualitative education.

He also disclosed after a sympathy visit to the widow at their residence, that Mr. Ikhemumhe’s remains would tomorrow commence a journey home as he would be buried in his home town, Okpella in Edo State.

Stakeholders, he said, have elected some members to join the corpse from Lagos.

Mr. Ikhemumhe until his death last week Monday, was the Assistant Communications Editor, Vanguard Media Lagos and had won several industrial and professional awards including the continental African Information Society Initiative (AISI) media award last year, as the overall-winner, Nigeria Media Merit award among others, as well as an exposed international senior journalist.

This is coming as tributes are pouring in from across the globe, eulogizing his professional quality and praying for the repose of his soul.

story/photo@WSIS-05 by Remmy Nweke

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