Former Attorney-General advises engineers on importance of will


Mr. Dafe Akpedeye SAN

Former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Delta State, Mr. Dafe Akpedeye SAN, has counseled engineers on the importance of writing a valid will, which prevents disputes, quarrels and litigations over the estate of a deceased persons.

Akpedeye who spoke on a paper titled: “Wills-Speaking from the Great Beyond”, at the 2015 national conference and annual general meeting of Association of Professional Women Engineers in Nigeria (APWEN), held at Great Hall, Chevron Recreation Club, Warri, Delta state, also pointed out what he termed the wrong idea about will writing.

According to him, they include, thinking it’s too early to make a will, procrastination and the fear of early death. He said those are some of the reasons for the failure of many to draw up a valid will.

Akpedeye added that it is only when a will is in place that personal wishes continue to prevail long after testator has departed.
He also stated that, the Africans ideal on how death is perceived as a thing not good to talk about has significantly affected the making of wills leading to litigation on deceased person properties.
“A will enables the testator to determine who benefit and gain from his properties upon death. Where a person dies without making a will, the principle of succession will apply to deceased person properties which can enable persons whom the deceased may not wish to benefit from his properties to actually benefit. And the person whom the deceased desire to benefit from his estate be deprived”, he stated.

Akpedeye stressed further that the testator has the opportunity to appoint persons whom he trust to carry out his wishes after death.
He said: “This contrast with a situation where he dies intestate and the court may appoint administrator of his estate without the deceased person having any choice in the appointment. It enables the testator avoid obnoxious customs and statutory rules of inheritance. The will gives the testator the opportunity to extend part of his estate and properties to charity, friends, mistresses or to say how and where he should be buried.”

Also at the event, was the Managing Director, Siemens, Mrs. Onyeche Tifase, who called on stakeholders to participate actively in ensuring that the country attracts and develops engineers, enterpreneurs and practitioners that are globally, competitive, responsible, industrious, innovative and most importantly ready to build a sustainable future.

Engr. Mrs. Ebele Okeke, who was represented by Engr. Mrs. Funlola Ojelade and Mrs Nnoli Akpedeye both spoke on the need for portable water and the need to give sanitation and hygiene a priority status by the government and the populace especially those of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Also present at the event is the President, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Ademola Olorunfemi, represented by Engr. Joseph Akinteye.

He called on branches and divisions to enter into mutually beneficial collaborations and alliances with authorities for the purpose of improving our society.
The highlight of the three days event was a cocktail party and the presentation of awards and gifts to distinguished members and some best graduating female engineers in various tertiary institutions across the country.

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