Idris Ahmed, Lokoja
Kogi state has lost Engineer Suleiman Akowe Achimigu, one of the best chemical experts to the Coronavirus pandemic.
A statement from Government House, Lokoja, signed by the Chief Press Secretary Onogwu Muhammed said “Government received with shock today (Monday) the demise of one of the best chemical experts of his generation, a patriot and a passionate believer in the Kogi dream, Engr Suleiman Akowe Achimugwu.
“Achimugu, a former Managing Director of PPMC died of COVID-19 on 22/03/2020 some days after he arrived Nigeria from the UK”.
Onogwu disclosed that a family member, Abubakar Achimugu in a statement explained that the deceased fell ill some few days after his return from the United Kingdom.
“As a state, our hearts are with the family of the deceased and the people of Aloji in Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State at this trying moment of losing a pillar of hope and quintessential Engineer.’ the government press release said.
The Government of Kogi State stated that it’s consolation is the opportunity it has to continue to serve the people in order to immortalize the ideology of service and selfless leadership that the late Engineer represented.
“We shall also ensure his name is immortalized to drive home the sterling rewards of service and patriotism that the late Achimugwu stood for. There is no doubt that the late Engineer brought so much pride to the state.” The statement read.
The government prayed to God to grant the family, the Aloji community and the entire state the fortitude to bear the irredeemable loss.
Late Achimugwu who joined the NNPC in 1978 as Chemical Engineer II and later in 1999 after traversing the oil sector; was deployed to NNPC Corporate Headquarters as General Manager, Turn Around Maintenance and Projects in the Refining and Petrochemicals Directorate.
Late Achimugwu for his wealth of experience in the oil sector, in November 2003, was appointed Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) and in 2007, he was appointed the Group General Manager of Renewable Energy Division of the NNPC.