Pastor Augustine Nwikinaka, a Former Chief Press Secretary to Former Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili was laid to rest on Saturday in his home-town, Kpean in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Nwikinaka, former Media Aide to ex- Governor Peter Odili laid to rest
The burial was preceded by a solemn funeral service at the State Primary School Field, Kpean where journalists, clerics, top politicians and community leaders paid their last respects.
The Funeral Service which was organised by the Salvation Ministry where Pastor Augustine Nwikinaka served before his death witnessed the rendition of solemn hymns by the Christian faithful.
In different tributes, speakers extolled the qualities of Late Pastor Augustine Nwikinaka, whom they said was honest, committed and a lover of development.
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu said though the Press Unit of the Government House, Port Harcourt received the news of Nwikinaka’s death with shock, it was consoled by the fact that the life of the Late Information Manager profited the society.
He said that the Late Augustine Nwikinaka left a legacy of outstanding contributions to re-defining the management of Information at the highest level of the state.
Former Member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Legborsi Nwidadah described Nwikinaka as a man of integrity whose actions were normally aimed at developing the society.
He said Nwikinaka contributed to the sponsorship and grooming of several Kpean youths, including himself. He said that Kpean will miss their outstanding son.
Speaking on behalf of St Pius K. College, Bodo, Prof Joseph Vipene said that the Late Augustine Nwikinaka was an outstanding alumnus of his alma mater.
A Representative of Salvation Ministry praised the commitment of the Late Pastor Augustine to the gospel, while the daughter of the the deceased read his biography.
The Late Pastor Augustine Nwikinaka was also a General Manager of the Tide Newspaper and Former Chairman of Rivers State NUJ.