The Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has said the state received with shock the demise of Engr Suleiman Akowe Achimugwu, describing him as one of the best chemical experts of his generation, a patriot and a passionate believer in the Kogi dream, LeadershipNG reports.
Achimugu, a former managing firector of PPMC died of COVID-19 on 22/03/2020yg some days after he arrived Nigeria from the UK according to a statement by a family member, Abubakar Achimugu.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, quoted the governor as saying as a state, the hearts of Kogi people 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.
Bello said, “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.
“May God grant the family, the Aloji community and the entire State the fortitude to bear the irredeemable loss”.
The 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.