President Museveni has said Prof Joseph Opio-Odongo’s death is a lost to the nation. In his eulogy read by state minister of defence Rtd Col Okello Engola Macodwogo at the final send off of Late Prof. Opio Odongo at his home in Apuru Village, Aboke sub county in Kole district, Museveni said the country lost an accomplished academician and agriculturalist at a time he was needed the most. He said Late Opio-Odongo served the nation with dedication and diligence. The president gave shs 10 million as his contribution for the burial expenses.
Meanwhile Paramount chief of Lango, Won Nyaci Yosam Odur urged his subjects to take up education seriously. He said if possible, one should not rest until he gains the professor title. He also called for unity, and hinted that he will be working with a few Lango living in the diaspora as they forge a way to build a long lasting peace in the cultural institution.
The former Lira University council chairman passed on last Sunday evening from Nakasero Hospital in Kampala.
He succumbed to a stroke.
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.