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‘We have lost a patriot’, Kogi mourns Nigeria’s first coronavirus death

By Sylvanus Okpe

The Kogi State has expressed sadness over the demise of Mr Suleiman Achimugwu who died Monday morning after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

In a statement released by the Chief Press Secretary to the government, Onogwu Muhammed and obtained by TheNigerian News, the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello described his death as a huge loss to the state, noting that the state has lost a quintessential Engineer, a patriot and bridge builder.

The full statement reads,

“The Kogi State Government received with shock today, 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 according to a statement by a family member, Abubakar Achimugu.

“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.

“Our consolation is that the Government of Kogi State has the opportunity 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.

“May God 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.

Achimugwu is the first Nigerian to die of the Coronavirus disease in the country.

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