The casket bearing the mortal remains of the late Theophilus Totee Bettie, Deputy Governor for Economic Policy at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), arrived in the country from Lagos, Nigeria, late last night on a special, chattered flight.
Mr. Bettie died at the Saint Nicholas Hospital, in Lagos, Nigeria on Friday, November 8, after he had reportedly collapsed in his hotel room.
The former CBL Deputy Governor was in that sisterly nation attending the Bi-annual Conference of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM).
Family members and government officials, including CBL Governor, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, turned out at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) much earlier to await the arrival of the Bettie’s remains.
Unfortunately, the flight was delayed from 12noon to 9pm, according to sources.
The CBL, in an announcement posted in this paper stated: “The CBL extended deepest sympathy to the bereaved family for this “irreparable” loss that the nation has sustained.
Theophilus Totee Bettie joined the Bank family in 2008, and was soon elevated to the position of advisor for Research and Policy; he later rose further up the ranks to serve as Deputy Governor for Economic Policy until his untimely death in Nigeria."
The late Bettie earned himself a full bright scholar award from Yale University, in the United States of America, where he graduated with a Master’s Degree.
According to information received by the Daily Observer, his remains will be deposited at the Samuel A. Striker Funeral Home upon arrival. Information concerning funeral arrangements is yet to be announced.