Umahi loses second commissioner in five weeks

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COMMISSIONER for Infrastructure Development in Ebonyi State, Fidelis Nweze, has died following complications from a surgery he underwent to correct a ruptured intestine.

Nweze passed away yesterday at Turkish Hospital, Abuja.

The commissioner sustained the injury in an auto crash on Saturday along Enugu-Abakaliki highway.

Speaking with the news media, Governor David Umahi said the deceased was one of the pillars of his administration.

He said, “Nweze died this morning at Turkish Hospital Abuja at about 9:50am. He was traveling to Enugu on Saturday morning with his driver and orderly.

“At Obunagu in Enugu State they rammed into a stationery truck. He was on seat belt and they were all conscious. He was rushed to Niger Foundation, Enugu.

“I got to know about it on Sunday and I insisted they move him to Abuja. I sent a doctor to the Turkish Hospital.

“He was having severe pain so they did an examination and discovered that the seat belt had ruptured his intestine.

“They did a successful operation and wanted to move him to the ward but we said, ‘No, they should put him in intensive unit for three days to be sure everything is okay.’

“This morning they said he had crisis and at about 9:50am he died.”

In his memory, Umahi declared Tuesday as public holiday in the state.

Nweze’s death comes barely five weeks after the demise of Uche Okah, the then Commissioner for Land and Housing.

Okah died on May 15 at a hospital in Abuja, where she was receiving treatment over an undisclosed illness.

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