It's exactly 2years today, since the ill-fated Dana air flight 992 crashed in Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos, claiming
the lives of 157 souls on
board, including that of the erudite scholar, acomplished academic,
Mbaise-born intellectual and the 5th substansive vice-chancellor of
Federal University of Technology Owerri- Prof. Celestine Onyemaobi Eriye
a mark of honour to the late Onwuliri, his colleagues at the Imo State
University, Owerri on Wednesday, June 20, in their full academic
regalia, held a valedictory session to bid him farewell.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Bethram Nwoke, led the
session, where the colleagues of late former FUTO Vice Chancellor
showered encomiums on him. They described him as a great scholar,
scientist and an astute administrator
the same day, the Imo State government organised an interdenominational
service for Onwuliri and 32 other victims from the state who died in
the plane crash.
in the Owerri metropolis remained closed during the period, while all
the state senior civil servants in their black converged on the Ahiajoku
Convention Centre, Owerri venue of the ceremony. The clergies, in
attendance, offered prayers to the repose for the victims.
state governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, led the state executive council
members for candle light procession, while the speaker, Hon. Benjamin
Uwajiogu and others followed in order of sequence.
first Bible reading drawn from the book of Thessalonians 3:18 was read
by the Deputy Governor, Sir Jude Agbaso. Uwajiogu took the reading of
the second scripture from Psalm 50: 1-6, while Pastor Comos Ilechukwu
took the third Bible reading from Psalm 39:1-7. The wife of the state
governor, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha read from 1 Corinthians 15, 50:58.
in Onwuliri's honour, the leadership of the FUTO Student Union
Government (SUG) organised a candle light procession on campus. The
students handed over their letter of condolence to the Vice Chancellor,
Prof. Cyril Asiabaka, for onward transmission to the family.
FUTO community, on Thursday June 21, was shocked to its foundation when
Onwuliri's body arrived the campus 2.30pm. A Senate session was
organised in his honour at the institution's Senate chamber for an hour
before proceeding for a Requiem mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic
Two years has passed since your demise, but the scar you left on us ,only time can heal.