From Madu Kanma, Umuahia
Abia State Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor, Chief Ukpai Agwu Ukpai, PhD is dead.
Chief Ukpai died in the early hours of Tuesday after a brief illness.
The DCOS just celebrated his birthday on March 17, 2021.
Though seen to be healthy few days earlier, he was said to have died of heart related illness
In a Government Special Announcement signed by John Okiyi Kalu, the state Commissioner for Information, the state government said the Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, “is in deep shock as he mourns the untimely exit of Chief Ukpai who has been a long term associate, friend and irreplaceable partner in progress”
According to the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, COSEYL, the apex socio-political youth organization in the South East geopolitical zone, the youths are alarmed “over the sudden demise of the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Abia State governor, Chief Ukpai Agwu Ukpai who died today Tuesday 30th March, 2021.
“This great loss is indeed a loss too many. A big Iroko tree has fallen and we are devastated by this sad news”.
In a statement made available to journai in Umuahia, the youths further lamented “Ukpai was a great mentor, a prominent son, a man of many part, a man with an overflowing zeal to become a blessing to his people. He will be greatly missed.
We commiserate with the Abia State Governor Dr. Victor Okezie Ikpeazu, the immediate family, the good people of Abia State, Abia North senatorial zone, Ohafia Local Government Area and all his friends and well wisher to take heart over this sad event”.