DR. (AMB.) BOLERE, A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE, WILL INDEED BE MISSED
It was shocking when the news broke, that Dr. (Amb.) Bolere Elizabeth Ketebu passed on, January 16, 2021 and already interred at the Christian Cemetery, Gudu in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital City, January 17, 2021.
A lively, strong and dynamic woman, the sad news was unexpected, by all those who love her, especially in the circles of family members, friends and colleagues in medical, political, diplomatic, Civil Society Organizations and other sympathizers far and near. We were all taken by awe, and still in shock. In fact, Yenagoa-Kolokuma/Opokuma Federal Constituency, Odi, Bayelsa State, Izon Nation, Niger Delta, Nigeria and overseas are deeply touched by her sudden demise.
A woman of substance, an indomitable Izon Ere, even among men of caliber, due to her verve, academic and professional credentials, intelligence, outspokenness and organizational abilities, Late Bolere was significant in many respects.
Her legacies are glaring, not only in private life and community service, but also in various positions she held in public service, home and abroad, notably as President of the National Council of Women Societies of Nigeria (NCWS), where she effectively re-awakened women and put them on a better pedestal to contribute to national development.
In politics, her resourcefulness and die-hard aspirations for leadership, gave her way to the House of Representatives, besides bold attempts to contest governorship and senatorial elections even in the 2019 National Assembly Election.
Her staunch participation in politics, also earned her diplomatic position as Nigeria’s Ambassador to Ireland, another position which she was the cynosure of many admirers, given her stunning performance.
Back home, Late Bolere served as Secretary to Bayelsa State Government in the era of Chief Timipre Sylva as the then Governor. As one of the pivots of the administration, she was a catalyst in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes. Her invaluable contributions led to civil service reforms which repositioned the public service for productivity; enhanced welfare for public servants as well as provision of physical infrastructures.
Dr. (Amb.) Bolere, a woman of substance, you are gone, and we will miss you, but your footprints will remain indelible in the annals of history.
From me and the entire Yenagoa-Kolokuma/Opokuma Federal Constituency, we pray God to accept your gentle soul in heaven.
May God strengthen the bereaved family in its moment of grieve.
ETETE, Enideneze, arpa, aimin, gnipr, mnuj
FOR: PROF. STEVE SINIKIEM AZAIKI, OON,
YELGA/KOLGA FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY