Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has expressed sadness over the death of his Senior Special Assistant, SSA, on Sports, Law Possible Ediba.
Until his death, Ediba was veteran Journalist and the pioneer Chairman of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, (SWAN) in the state.
He died after a brief illness at Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi on October 25th, 2022 at age 80.
In a statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, the Governor described Ediba’s death as painful.
The statement reads in part: “Governor Ortom described the death of Elder Ediba as painful, saying “it is a big blow to his immediate family, the Sports Writers in the state and the Nigerian Union of Journalists(NUJ) in general where he earned his reputation as a consumate sports reporter, a peace maker and stabilizing factor wherever he worked.”
“He came to stardom as a star football player in the Kaduna Junior eleven of the 1950s with his artistry of the ball, scoring from impossible angles which earned him the name ‘Possible’, during his football career.
“The late elder Ediba began his journalism career as a sports reporter with the Plateau State owned Nigerian Standard newspaper where he worked with passion and dedication.
“After the creation of Benue State, he moved over to ‘The Voice’ newspaper where he became the Sports Editor and later The Pavilion newspaper.
“Governor Ortom said with Ediba’s death, his family, SWAN, NUJ and the sporting world have lost a gem, an elder and a father with an immeasurable wealth of experience and wisdom.
“Ediba’s last assignment was Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Sports to the Benue state government.
“The Governor prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and the immediate family, SWAN, NUJ the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”