The Delta State Governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa has sent condolences across to the Anenih family, Edo State government and the People’s Democratic Party on the death of Former Minister Of Work, Chief Tony Anenih who died on Sunday at the age of 85.
Describing the late octogenarian as a committed patriot who served the nation at the highest levels with an uncommon sense of patriotism and unwavering dedication, through a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, the governor also commiserated with family of the late Iyasele of Esanland.
The statement read: “I am deeply saddened by the death of elder statesman and former Chairman Board of Trustees of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih (CFR), who passed on at the age of 85 years”.
“He was a committed patriot, an astute politician and a former Minister of Works who worked to better the lots of his people and Nigerians in general, adding “through his purposeful leadership and development strides, the late Anenih influenced the dualisation of the Benin Asaba road, Benin Warri Road and the Benin bypass road which brought about unprecedented development to the Niger Delta region”.
“Before venturing into politics, Chief Anenih retired from the Nigeria Police Force as a Commissioner of Police and bestrode Nigeria’s political landscape like a collossus where he mentored several succesfull politicians across the country.
“His good works as a dedicated family man, selfless politician and great philanthropist as well as his ability to consistently, at every turn, resolve knotty political puzzles would later earn him the sobriquet – “Mr. Fix It” which would continue to live after him”.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, I convey our deepest sympathy to the Anenih family, the people of Uromi and Esan Land, Edo State, and the rest of the country.
“May his soul find eternal repose in the bosom of the Almighty God.” the Governor wrote.