By Johnny Edward:
The Ministry of Youth and Sports led by Solomon Dalung has proposed a 20-man National Committee for a State burial of the late former Super Eagles
Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.
The Minister, Mr. Solomon Dalung made this declaration when the children of the late coach called to officially thank the Federal government for the support given to the family of the football icon since his demise.
Dalung however commiserated with the children who lost both parents within six months and urged them to be strong in the Lord.
"Coach Stephen Keshi will be remembered for his uncommon charisma, unrivaled leadership qualities and ability to command respect from players, peers and football enthusiasts," Dalung stated.
"He was a national hero and would be given a befitting burial,"
"In fact, Keshi belonged to the government and he will be buried by the federal government. This committee will ensure a hitch-free burial and liaise between the government and the family to ensure that the best funeral is given to our hero."
Dalung also revealed that a memo which will suggest ways of immortalizing the late Stephen Keshi and Coach Shuaibu Amodu is to be presented at the Executive Council meeting soon.
Meanwhile, the proposed committee will comprise family members, the Nigeria Football Federation, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, stakeholders including coaches, administrators, ex-footballers, the media, representatives of Delta and Edo states, the Nigerian Police, the Department of State Services, the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Supporters Club.
The committee will ensure a smooth state burial for the late Keshi which is being proposed for the weekend of July 27- 29, 2016.