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Wale Edun lauds Prince Philip, recalls how he encouraged young Nigerians

Wale Edun, a former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State, has lauded the legacy of Prince Philip who died at the age of 99 on…

Wale Edun, a former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State, has lauded the legacy of Prince Philip who died at the age of 99 on Friday.

Reacting to the news of his death, Edun, who is an international board member of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation and its Chairman in Nigeria, expressed deep sadness.

“On behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Africa and Nigeria, he offered condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the entire Royal Family, particularly The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex who is the Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation,” he said in a statement.

Edun paid tribute to what he described as the late Duke’s fantastic and enduring legacy of encouragement, support and empowerment of young people through the Award

“This scheme, which Prince Philip founded in 1956 for young people aged 14-24, currently, operates in over 130 countries and territories of the world including 17 African countries,” he said.

“In Nigeria, the Award currently operates in 11 states and FCT with over 28,000 young people having participated
since it was relaunched here in 2014. Numbers continue to grow rapidly with the full support of government at all levels, led by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sport.

“He is gone to rest but his legacy lives.”

Funeral preparations are underway for Prince Philip. The event will take place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Due to COVID, members of the public have been asked not to attend any of the funeral events.

The Royal Family has also asked people not to leave flowers and tributes at royal residences.

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