Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has described late Mrs Elizabeth Ivase, as a “woman of distinction” who had outstanding performances while serving as Commissioner in Benue and minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Concise News reports.
Ortom who spoke through the chief press secretary, Terver Akase said, Mrs Ivase was an epitome of womanhood, a foremost politician, eminent state person, an experienced administrator and community leader who was kind-hearted, humble and dedicated her life to the service of God and humanity.
“The late Chief Mrs Ivase was a caring mother and woman of distinction who had an illustrious career in public service at all levels of governance, her death is a huge loss to Benue State and the country at large,” he said.
He pointed out that Mrs Ivase provided mentorship to the younger generation while championing girl child education and women’s rights in general.
While urging the Orvihi-Ivase family, as well as Mbayion community in Gboko local government area to take solace in the fact that their mother lived a fulfilled life with numerous contributions to the development of her fatherland, the governor said her death has created a vacuum which will be difficult to fill and prayed to God to grant her eternal rest.
Mrs Ivase is the first female appointed Minister from the northern part of the country.
Born on August 8, 1936, in Gboko, Mrs Ivase who served as Minister of Education in the second republic, according to a family source died on July 13 in Abuja after a brief illness.