| By Chinwe Okafor |
JUNE 28 saw people from all walks of life gathering in Umuoji in Idemili North Local government of Anambra State to pay their last respect to Veronica Chigbo. Chigbo died in May after a prolonged illness which lasted for 30 years. Dignitaries in the political circle who attended the burial ceremony include Peter Obi, Anambra State governor, and Obioma Liyel-Imoke, wife of the governor of Cross River State. Other family members, friends and well wishers were also at the funeral service which was held in Holy Trinity Catholic, Independence Layout, Enugu and Our Lady’s Catholic Church, Umuoji, on June 27 and 28, respectively. The deceased was interred after the requiem Mass at Gilbert Chigbo’s compound where mourners bid her final farewell.
Friends and relations who paid tribute to her, praised her fortitude in the midst of adversity and lauded her relations, especially her husband Gilbert, former commissioner for industry in the old Anambra State, for taking good care of her before she died.
Veronica had her primary and secondary school education at Immaculata Primary School/Adaza Primary School and Queen of the Rosary College, Onitsha, respectively, before proceeding to study at Pitsman College, London, where she was trained as a confidential secretary.
She worked with JOJ Okezie, former minister of transport as secretary before moving to the ministry of works. She relocated to Enugu, when her husband was appointed commissioner of industries in 1975. There, she continued working with the ministry of works until her retirement in 1984. She was very active in the church and community and touched many lives with her kindness. She was a fun loving woman who loved to dance.
— Jul. 29, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT