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Dafinone immotalized with befitting statue in Sapele
By Tobias Imoniohwocha & Daniel Okunarigho
ONE year after the celebrated demise of Second Republic Senator and Patriach of Guinness Book of Records’ family of Chartered Accountants, Late Senator (Chief) David Dafinone, Okpe Kingdom rolled out the drums to commemorate one year anniversary of their legend by erecting a befitting statue in honour of the legendary community leader.
The ceremony unveiling the magnificent statue attracted the creme de la creme of society amongst whom were former Information Minister Professor Sam Oyovwaire, Legal Adviser to Okpe Kingdom, Chief Thompson Okpoko, a cross section of members of Okpe Traditional Council of Chiefs and top government functionaries.
Commenting on the life and times of the late Accounting guru, Chief Okpoko averred that the vacuum the Senator left will be difficult to fill, describing him as a gift to the nation at large and hoped that his legacy will inspire others to become better citizens.
He added that late DOD lived for his people, saying: ” The large gathering of people here to unveil his statue will remind younger generations of thier heroes.
Late Dafinone’s son and Chairman Sapele- Okpe Community Land Trust, Chief Ede Dafinone who was accompanied by the Matriach of DOD dynasty, Chief (Mrs) Cynthia Dafinone described the occasion as touching, as according to Ede, “what my father has done was huge and for his people to monument his name with such a befitting statue only shows how they hold him in high esteem”.
Late Chief David Dafinone, a former second republic Senator and one time Director, Central Bank of Nigeria 1971-1976, served as chairman, Senate committees on Commerce, Industries, National Planning and Steel Development in the second republic and thereby attracted the Delta Steel Company DSC to Ovwian-Aladja, Delta State.