It was an emotional session at the Bayelsa State state executive council chambers on Friday, when the state governor, Senator Douye Diri and colleagues of late Senator Inatimi Rufus-Spiff, a former secretary to the old Rivers state government eulogised and spoke glowingly about him.
Rufus-Spiff, a former commissioner for education in Bayelsa State, died at the age of 68 and will be buried in Brass on Saturday (tomoroow). Among those who honoured the former senator were a former chairman of the NDDC who served as commissioner for health in the state, Dr Tarilah Tebepah.
Others were Senator Emmanuel Paulker, Senator John Brambaifa, a former Bayelsa Commissioner a former Speaker in the old Rivers State House of Assembly, Talford Ongolo, state PDP chairman, Mr. Solomon Agwana and the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Diriyai Dambo, who spoke on behalf of the cabinet members.
It was a special valedictory session in honour of late Senator Inatimi Rufus-Spiff, who served the Bayelsa and the old Rivers State in different capacities.
Until his demise on December 24, 2022, the astute administrator was chairman of the Brass Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as well as chairman of the party’s reconciliation committee in the state
Speaking at the sober session, Diri said the deceased was a pillar of support to his government and an inspiration to many Bayelsans.
He stressed that the late Rufus-Spiff never failed in any assignment he was privileged to serve, noting that he helped in the building of the old Rivers State and continued to render selfless service to Bayelsa till he departed.
The governor recalled how he appointed him into the PDP presidential campaign council in the state ahead of the 2023 presidential election, stating that he was ready to make him the face of the campaign in Bayelsa.