By Bismark Olang
Leaders in Lango are in shock following the sudden death of Lira University council chairman Prof Joseph Opio-Odongo who passed on Sunday evening from Nakasero Hospital in Kampala.
According to Emmanuel Obong Opeto, a relative of the deceased, Prof Opio-Odongo succumbed to a stroke.
Obong Opeto added that Opio-Odongo’s death is big loss not only to his Oyima clan, but to the country as whole.
Rtd Col Tonny Otoa, former prime minister in the Lango Cultural Foundation said the deceased played a very big role in Tekwaro Lango. He added that prof Opio-Odongo’s efforts were well noted in the 2012 Lango conference.
Okao Tom, the director of Fountain Head Institute of Management and Technology (FIMAT) said the Lango has lost a great father, and a great counselor.
Okao Tom said the growth of FIMAT couldn’t have been faster without Prof Opio-Odongo’s resourceful contributions.
Isaac Otee, former guild President of Lira University said the university has been excelling because of Prof Opio-Odongo’s input.
Prof Joseph Opio-Odongo was an accomplished academician who worked with many tertiary institutions. During the time of his death, he was the chairman, Governing Council of both Lira University and of Fountain Head Institute of Management and Technology (FIMAT).
He was also a Member, University Council at Uganda Martyr’s University, Uganda.
He also served as chairman board of Governors at Sister Gabriella Memorial and Vocational School.
Other places that he served in include:
Chairman, Advisory Committee -Ngetta Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (ZARDI), member board of governors – St Joseph’s Seminary, Member, Board of Governors at St Mary’s College Aboke. He was also the director of Sustainable Development Services. He was also the deputy clan head of Oyima clan, among many other places that he served in.