Family, friends and associates of late Chief David W. Onah (The Adikorobia of Itekpa) & Rot. Clay Ikogor Onah have held a memorial thanksgiving service to mark the 30th remembrance of the distinguished politician, Chief David W. Onah and his brother Clay Ikogor Onah (27th Anniversary).
The event which held on Saturday, 6th October, 2017 kicked off with a special thanksgiving mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Ikot Ansa, Calabar, Cross River State.
This was followed by a brief dedication ceremony at Ekorinim phase 2 along Groomlee Hotel, Calabar where a street was named after Chief David W. Onah as a mark of honour and evergreen memories.
The officiating priest, Fr Jimmy Kelleher noted that “With the symbolic naming of this street, Chief Onah will live in our thoughts and in our prayers as long as we live.” In a brief speech before the street unveiling, childhood friend of the deceased, Chief Linus Okom (Ada Bekwarra) recalled on the life and times of Chief David W. Onah.
There was a grand reception hosted at the residence of the his son, Mr. Gabe Onah, Chairman Cross River State Carnival Commission.
Dignitaries in attendance included, Chief Linus Okom (Ada Bekwarra), Former military governor, Col. Pam Ogar, Former deputy governor, Barr. Effiom Cobham, High Chief Edem Duke, Ntufam Okpo Okon, Chief Wilfred Inah, Mr. Pat Ugbe and a host of others.
It will be recalled that Chief David Wonah Onah popularly known as “IDEA” started his Civil Service career with the Ogoja County Council in the mid fifties and later served in many parts of the former Eastern Region of Nigeria, notably Onitsha, Okigwe, Enugu and Abakaliki.
He held many public offices during his life time, among which are: Chairman, Post War Rehabilitation Committee, Ogoja Vicinity; Chairman, Western Yala Area Development Council; Supervisory Council for Works and Natural Resources, Ogoja County Council; Treasurere, Ogoja Farmer’s Association; Patron, Boys Scout of Nigeria, Ogoja; Patron, Man O’War Bay, Ogoja; Member, Board of SESTRADE (now CRICWA); Member, Board of the Cross River State Newspaper Corporation; Chairman, Cross River State Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC); and Chairman, Chamber of Commerce, Ogoja Zone.
Recently, Chief David Onah was honoured under the State Political Leadership Category with a Post Humus Award of Outstanding Political Leadership during celebrations of Cross River State @ 50 Legacy Awards.
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