Former C.S. and former minister Z Obed passes away

DIMAPUR, JAN 30 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/30/2020 12:26:02 PM IST

Retired chief  secretary andformer minister Z. Obed Solo passed away on January 30 after a brief illness. He was 88 and leaves behind his wife Narola Obed, one son, two daughters, 9 grandchildren and 7 great grand children. The funeral service will be held at his 2½ Mile residence at 1 p.m. on January, 31.

Born on June 14,1931 at Kohima village, late Obed did his early schooling from American Baptist ME School Impur, HSLC from Govt High School Kohima and graduated from St Paul’s College Calcutta in 1951. He was a noted sportsman and footballer and was awarded the Silver Badge from Calcutta University.

Late Obed served as Headmaster Govt ME School Pughoboto. He later entered the Indian Frontier Administrative Service( IFAS) formed to administer frontier areas including the then NEFA. He was inducted into the IAS and continued to serve the state in various capacities and rose to become the chief secretary of Nagaland from 1980-82 and 1987-90. 

Late Obed joined politics in 1990 and successfully contested the general elections in 1993 on Congress ticket from Kohima Town constituency and was appointed as cabinet minister. He lost the 1998 elections. In 2003, he joined the NPF and retained the constituency in the 2003 elections and appointed minister. 


Political leaders led by state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, Thursday mourned the death of Z. Obed. Expressing shock and sadness over the sudden demise of late Z.Obed, chief minister Neiphiu Rio said Nagaland has lost a valuable senior leader, whose advice and guidance would be deeply missed particularly “during these crucial times of our political journey.”

Recalling his long association with late Obed, Rio said he found late Obed to be a thorough gentleman, a learned elder and a kind soul. He said late Obed was a sincere and efficient bureaucrat and a visionary leader who always kept the welfare of the people above all else. He also described late Obed as a simple, warm and positive person, always open and accessible to all. Further, Rio said since late Obed’s bureaucratic years, the latter always provided him with valuable advice, supported him in various ventures for which he would ever remain grateful to the late Obed and his wife. 

Rio said in the demise of late Obed he has lost a close friend, an elderly figure and a good leader who gave the best years of his life to serve the people diligently. 

Rio, on behalf of the state government and on behalf of his family, expressed deep condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that they find comfort and strength in the Word of God as they come to terms with this loss. He also prayed that the departed soul rest in eternal peace. 

Dr. S.C. Jamir: In his condolence message, former chief minister and former governor Dr. S.C. Jamir said the passing away of Z. Obed Solo came as a shocking news to all friends and well wishers. 

 Dr. Jamir said late Obed was a very popular sports person especially in the field of soccer and he played in many tournaments as star player. 

Jamir recalled that as extra assistant commissioner in the then Naga Hills –Tuensang Area administration, late Obed had shown deep commitment towards restoration of peace in the Naga areas. As junior officer, Dr.Jamir said late Obed was very active in the efforts of the Naga Peoples Convention and was always ready at the call of duty. 

Dr. Jamir said late Obed was one of the most promising officers among his peers who could shoulder any responsibility entrusted to him. 

He recalled that late Obed rose to the position of chief secretary of Nagaland and even in political field the latter achieved distinction by virtue of his devotion and dedication. Jamir said late Obed’s demise was a great loss to Naga society adding death came to every individual at appointed time. Jamir expressed condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that the departed soul rest in peace.

Dy CM: State deputy chief minister Y Patton expressed pain at the death of former chief secretary and ex cabinet minister Z. Obed. 

In a condolence message, Patton described late Obed as one of the finest breed of bureaucrats from Nagaland and later a cabinet minister who worked hard for the people he represented. Patton said Obed’s death would be a great loss to the Nagas and could feel a vacuum created. On behalf of the BJP legislators, the deputy chief minister extended deepest condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the departed to rest in peace.

NLA speaker-in charge: Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) speaker-in-charge Sharingain Longkumer has expressed deep grief over the demise of Z. Obed, Ex-MLA and former Minister.

In a condolence message, NLA speaker-in-charge described late Obed as a man of vision and a dynamic leader, who worked diligently as a committed bureaucrat and as a minister for the welfare and uplift of his constituency and for the people of Nagaland.

Sharingain Longkumer said Obed’s death has caused a great loss to the Nagas in general and the Angami community in particular, adding that the void created would be difficult to fill.

The speaker-in-charge, on behalf of the members of the 13th NLA, conveyed heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Z. Obed, their children and the other family members. He prayed that the Almighty God grant solace and comfort, at this hour of grief, to the bereaved family.

Lok Sabha MP: Lone Lok Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) from Nagaland, Tokheho Yepthomi, expressed deep grief over the demise of Z Obed, and said Nagas have lost a great person who dedicated his life for the people and the state.

In a condolence message, Tokheho said late Obed dedicated his life to serve the people as an officer and later as an elected member of NLA. 

MP said late Obed as the chief secretary of Nagaland served with distinction and dedication. 

Tokheho also said he had privilege of working with Obed closely as NLA colleagues and Cabinet Ministers. “He was a thorough gentleman and a good human being who had no ill-will towards any person,” MP said and offered deepest condolences to his family. He prayed that God would give them the courage to face these difficult times. 

CS: State chief secretary Temjen Toy has expressed deep pain over the demise of Z. Obed, IAS, retired chief secretary Nagaland, on January 30, 2020. 

In a condolence message, the chief secretary said Z. Obed served under various capacities during the formative years of the State and the tasks performed were under the most trying times. Toy said Obed served as chief secretary from 1980-1982 and then again from 1987-1989, adding that the people of Nagaland have lost a pioneering leader.

The chief secretary prayed that God grant comfort and solace to the bereaved family members at this time of great grief.

NDPP: Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) president Chingwang Konyak expressed grief over the sad demise of former Nagaland chief secretary and ex minister Z. Obed Thursday afternoon.

In a condolence message, NDPP president said he as a cabinet minister had the opportunity to have worked with Obed when the latter was the chief secretary in the later part of 1980s. 

Chingwang said he found Obed to be an efficient and straightforward bureaucrat with conscientious determination to serve the government and the people. 

Unlike many Nagas, Chingwang said tribalism was something totally absent in his psyche, and all and sundry who met him recalled this fact. “This could be due to the fact that though he was born an Angami from the largest Naga village Kohima, he grew up in Impur/ Mopungchuket and later on, assumed citizenship of Mopungchuket village, and married an Ao lady,” Chingwang said.

In his passing away, NDPP president said Nagas have lost a gem of a leader, an individual and a personality, and the void created by his demise would be difficult to fill.

NDPP president on behalf of the party rank and file and his family conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed to the Almighty to grant solace to them at this hour of grief.

NPCC: Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president, K Therie, has expressed shock over the sudden passing away of former Minister, Z. Obed. 

In a condolence message, Therie recalled that when he was still in middle school “uncle Obed’s name was well known” for his abilities in football. Later on, NPCC president said Obed rose to the highest post of Administration and was feared for his uncompromising discipline. He was trusted by all, Therie said.

Also, recalling his brief association with Obed in the Council of Ministers under the leadership of Dr. SC Jamir, Therie said late Obed was a dictionary of all the events, law and rules. “Late Z. Obed was a strong and decisive man and a staunch believer of equality, socialist, secular and democratic principles,” Therie said, adding that he stood tall for what he believed in even if it meant having to withstand the tide.

In the loss of Obed, NPCC president said Nagaland has lost an irreplaceable, wise leader.

On behalf NPCC rank and file and his wife, Therie conveyed condolences to Mrs. Naro Obed and children and prayed that the Lord give them strength and solace to overcome the painful parting.

KDCC: Kohima District Congress Committee (KDCC) has expressed grief over the sudden demise of Z Obed Solo, a veteran politician and former chief secretary of Nagaland.

In a condolence message, KDCC president, Kevi Vizo, described late Obed as a humble human and a seasoned politician, who always considered the welfare of the party, specially the KDCC. 

Vizo said late Obed’s presence in the party was a morale booster for the party workers and leaders. In his demise, KDCC president said “we have lost a straight forward leader” and maintained that the emptiness created in his demise would be difficult to fill. 

KDCC also conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed that God grand them solace at this hour of grief and eternal rest in peace to the departed soul.

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