Mr Daniel Omoigui, the first surveyor-general of the federation, has died at 91.
His death was contained in a statement issued by his son, Sota Omoigui. Sota stated that his father died on Thursday.
According to him, “The family of Surveyor Daniel Aiyanyo Omoigui of the Egite family, Isi, in Uhunmwode LGA, Edo State, and the entire Egite family of the Edo Kingdom and Barrister Mrs Grace Onaiwu Omoigui nee Asemota (late) and the entire Asemota family of Ogbe Quarters, Oredo LGA, Edo State, are heartbroken, yet thankful for a life of legacy well spent as we announce the passing of our dearly beloved father and grandfather – Surv Daniel Aiyanyo Omoigui – who was called to rest in the Lord on November 24, 2022.”
Our correspodent reports that the deceased was born on November 10, 1931, in Iguagban Village, Benin, Edo state.
He started school at three. He attended a number of primary schools. In 1939, he joined Benin Baptist School, starting from form II.
He finished his secondary education in 1949. In 1950, he took up a teaching job at Niger College, Benin, while he enrolled for studies at the Rapid Result College, now known as Distance Learning.
He gained admission to study mathematics at the University of Ibadan in 1953 and graduated in 1957.
He joined the Federal Surveys Department in 1957. In 1969, he was in charge of investigations, delimitation, demarcation and maintenance of international and interstate boundaries. In 1970, he participated in the Nigeria-Cameroon boundary negotiations.
He led the establishment of the National Boundaries Commission, and the Surveyors Registration Council (SURCON) when he was director of the federal surveys.
He was in office as surveyor-general of the federation between 1986 and 1988.