Nigeria’s pioneer surveyor-general, Daniel Omoigui, passes away

Daniel Omoigui, Nigeria's first Surveyor-General of the Federation, has passed away.

Daniel Omoigui, Nigeria’s first Surveyor-General of the Federation, has passed away.

The family released a statement confirming Oomogui’s death on Thursday, just 14 days after his 91st birthday.

“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 Mrs Grace Onaiwu Omoigui nee Asemota (late) and the entire Asemota family of Ogbe Quarters, Oredo LGA, Edo State, is heartbroken yet thankful for a life of legacy well spent as we announce the passing of our dearly beloved father and grandfather – Surveyor Daniel Omoigui – who was called to rest in the Lord on November 24, 2022,” the statement by his eldest son, Sota Omoigui, on Friday, read.

Omoigui, a licenced and registered surveyor, was born in Iguagban Village, Benin, Edo State, on November 10, 1931.

The late Omoigui gained notoriety for his role in settling contentious boundary disputes amongst various federating units inside the country.

His efforts greatly aided in the formation of the National Boundary Commission.

In addition, Omoigui took part in the negotiations between Nigeria and Cameroon over the Bakassi Peninsula, which was ultimately given to Cameroon following international interventions.

Omoigui attended various primary schools before enrolling in Benin Baptist School in 1939, starting in Form II. He began his formal education in a newly opened school in the village when he was just three years old.

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