Mrs Oludalapo Omolara Elizabeth Ahile, the Kogi State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), who recently died as a result of injuries sustained in an auto crash, has been buried at Gudu Cemetery, Abuja the Nigerian capital city on Thursday.
Earlier, a funeral service was held in her honour at Charismatic Renewal Ministries. Abundant life Assembly Plot 506 Awolowo way Jabi. Beside Vita Foam opposite Desire of Nations RCCG Jabi, Abuja.
In a heart touching oration, the Director-General NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim said the nation has lost a great heroine, who left golden indelible footprints in the sands of time.
Describing late Mrs Oludalapo Ahile as a very precious asset that will be missed, the NYSC helmsman called on other officers to emulate her enviable virtues, in order to be remembered when their own earthly journeys come to an end.
Giving a summary of Mrs Oludalapo Ahile’s career with the NYSC, General Ibrahim said
“Her passion and interest in youth development propelled her to join the NYSC Scheme and was posted to the FCT Secretariat as Inspector I. She was later posted to Osun State Secretariat where she served as the pioneer Schedule Officer of the then newly introduced Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme (SAED). Mrs Ahile rose through the ranks to attain the position of Deputy Director as a result of her hard work and excellent performance and was posted to the NYSC National Directorate Headquarters, Abuja where she was in charge of the Certification Division, between January 2017 – October 2017.
“Mrs Oludolapo Omolara Ahile was later appointed Kogi State NYSC Coordinator on the 30th October 2017 and served in that capacity until her demise on Friday 17th May 2019 as a result of injuries sustained in a ghastly motor accident along Lafia-Makurdi Express Road.”
Speaking further, he said “Mrs Ahile will certainly be remembered as a humble, humane, peaceful and result-oriented officer whose knack for hard work, warm disposition to staff and Corps members’ welfare and commitment to duty endeared her to colleagues, subordinates, Corps members, as well as Government and people of Kogi State who are all mourning her transition.
“Undeniably, the National Youth Service Corps has lost a great asset, an officer of high repute who was very passionate about the progress of the Scheme and indeed contributed in no small measure towards its upliftment through conscientious execution of all the tasks assigned her in the course of her twenty-seven year meritorious career in the Scheme, brutally truncated by death.”
He further said, “We are however consoled by the fact that she left indelible imprints in the proverbial sands of time during her short, but eventful and impactful lifetime- during which she positively touched so many people, particularly the youths whom she had so much love for.”
He concluded by saying “A Latin maxim says: Vox Populi, Vox Dei, translated: The voice of the people is the voice of God. Therefore, given the overflow of wonderful testimonies about Mrs Oludolapo Ahile, we have no iota of doubt that she is already in the beatific state, enjoying the peace and bliss of the everlasting Kingdom.”
Also speaking, the Kogi State Governor, His Excellency, Yahaya Bello eulogized Mrs Oludalapo Ahile for her monumental contributions to nation building while serving in the state as NYSC Coordinator.
Represented by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Prince) Matthew Kolawole Olusola, the governor said that Mrs Oludalapo Ahile was a committed officer, who never faced her duties with all diligence.
He used the occasion and challenged all living souls to live a worthy life so that history will remember them for good.
Encomiums from the Ahile family, the church and Mrs. Oludalapo’s colleague which flooded the arena quickly brings to mind the counsel by the legendary human rights activist, late Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, which says that whatever one does, one should strive to do so dedicatedly, so that history will remember him as one who worked wholeheartedly.