A former trustee and Executive Secretary of the defunct Petroleum Trust Fund, PTF and a one-time Commissioner for Education in the old Bendel State, Chief Tayo Akpata is dead. The ‘Ima of Benin’ died at his Ikoyi, Lagos State residence on Monday at around 10am at the age of 83. The family in a statement confirmed the passing on of the elder statesman and astute administrator. An alumnus of Edo College, Benin, and University of Hull, United Kingdom, Chief Akpata served as the Deputy Registrar of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He was also director of Bendel Feeds and Flower Mills, BFFM and chairman of I.B.M (Nigeria) Ltd. The late octogenarian was also a one-time chairman of Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA and Pipeline and Products Marketing Company, PPMC, a subsidiary of NNPC, as well as the chairman of Siemens Nigeria. Akpata is survived by his wife, Olabisi, children and grandchildren. Burial arrangements would be announced in due course, according to the press statement.