By all standards, the death and burial ceremony of life of Late Elder Paul Ogbein Yerikema, popularly known as Paulo by his pairs, was truly a carnival organized to celebrate the life and time of an unequalled, loving and hardworking father.
Late Elder Paul Ogbein Yerikema, who passed at the age of 76 years was the father of Nancy, wife of business mogul and politician, Hon. Tare Amatare.
Late Elder Yerikema who is survived by 12 children and 18 grand children was born on August 15th, 1942 and died after a brief illness on 27th of June, 2018.
His burial service conducted by the Shephard’s Vine Christian Center (SVCC) at the Trofani Community School field in Sagbama LGA of Bayelsa State, was attended by top businessmen and politicians across the Izon Nation and beyond.
To fully celebrate the life of a loving father, his children who are major players in political, academic and business sectors rolled out drums to celebrate their father whom they discribed as the elevator of the family before his demise.
It was indeed a carnival of some sort. From the mortuary to the church funeral service, Interment at the family compound, refreshments and entertainment that followed thereafter, the crowd of sympathisers was overwhelmed by the treat they had.
The officiating minister, Rev. Emma Ogiemudia, enjoined the congregation which included top Government Functionaries, Captains of Industries, Diplomats and Traditional Rulers in Bayelsa State, to use their positions to make life meaningful to others and serve God deligently.
While commending the children for their cares for their while he was alive, he asked them to emulate the worthy life he lived and that they should use their positions to serve God and impact on others.
The Bayelsa State Commissioner of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Chief Collins Cocodia, in his condolence message, described as shocking and devastating the passing away of the Late Shipping Officer.
In the message, Cocodia further said “the Trofani Community has lost one of its noble son at a time we needed his experince and contribution to develope the community. The news of your death reminds me of the emptiness of this world.”
In his own condolence message, the pioneer chairman of Toru-Aboubou Rural Development Authority, Chief Patrick Ogun, said the deseased lived a life worthy to emulate.
Speaking further he said It is still difficult to believe that Yerikema is dead because the services he rendered to humanity are still fresh in the mind of all those he impacted while alive.
Also in attendance are Chief Felix Oboro, former Secretary to Bayelsa State Government, Chief Dikivie Ekiogha, former Chief of Staff of Bayelsa State Government House, Barr. Oweilaemi Pereotubo, President of Ijaw Youth Congress Worldwide and Chief Ebitimi Amgbare, former commissioner for sports, Bayelsa State.