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Nsukka in deep grief over demise of prominent sons

By Tony Edike

Enugu – The people of Enugu North Senatorial Zone in Enugu State otherwise called Nsukka Zone were recently devastated by the news of the sudden death of two prominent sons of the area.  To the people, the demise of the two illustrious sons was tragic because it was least expected at this time when their contributions were highly needed both in politics, economy and the on-going agitation for the creation of Adada State from the present Enugu State.

The tragedy specifically hit the Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area where within one week, two of its prominent leaders were announced dead. One, a traditional ruler and prominent transporter and the other, a prominent politician and title holder.

Senator Eze(standing) commiserating with Igwe Mamah’s family. With him are Vita Abba(Enugu PDP chairman and D.r Asadu(MP)

Igwe James Mamah, the Chairman/CEO of Ifesinachi Transport Company and traditional ruler of Ummuozzi community in Enugu Ezike  gave up the ghost after a surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital, Manhattan, New York, while Chief Bernard Eze, a former Acting National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) died at the National Hospital, Abuja after a brief illness. Chief Eze was also the former National Auditor of PDP and Enugu State Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.  Igwe Mamah was the immediate past Chairman of the Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers.

Eze contested the recently concluded chairmanship of the PDP alongside the eventual winner, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, who incidentally is from the same senatorial zone with him. There were others also in the race. The painful aspect of Chief Eze’s death was that it came when the people of the area were celebrating the victory of their son, Nwodo as the PDP National Chairman.

And for their representative in the Senate, Senator Ayogu Eze, the deaths cut short his celebration of the return of his political “godfather” to the helm of affairs. The senator and other leaders of Enugu North were planning a befitting reception for Nwodo when the news of the deaths hit town.

Last week, Senator Eze suspended his busy schedule to visit and pay condolences to the families of these two prominent Nsukka sons. He was accompanied by several PDP chieftains and supporters from the zone.

Fighting back tears, the senator lamented that “the demise of two of these our illustrious sons, foremost transporter and industrialist, His Royal Majesty,    Igwe (Dr) James Mamah and erstwhile National Auditor and Acting secretary  of the ruling peoples Democratic party PDP, Chief  Bernard Eze are a great loss to the people of our zone”.

Senator Eze said: “Though we are saddened by their death but since no one can question God, we pray God to grant them eternal rest and halt the spirit of death that  is roaring in our zone.

“I am seriously devastated by the demise of   two of our illustrious sons, but I must say  that we are  very proud with  the legacies  Igwe Mamah left  behind,” he said, recalling how the business mogul rose from grass to grace.

He said Igboeze North Local Government Area and Enugu State at large have really   lost important personalities whose vacuum would be difficult to fill in years to come.

Senator Eze, however, urged the eldest son of the late royal father, Prince Emeka Mamah, to endeavour  to sustain the  father’s legacies, adding that they should be consoled with  the fact that their late father was a man of peace who empowered millions of people through his private enterprise.

At the  late Bernard Eze’s home, the lawmaker, who was accompanied by the Enugu State Chairman of PDP, Vita Abba,  some members of the National Assembly from the zone, commissioners, political appointees among other dignitaries had told widow of the late  former PDP scribe to get him and the zone posted on preparations for the burial ceremony.

Responding, on behalf of  the deceased families, the son of the late Igwe Mamah,    Prince Emeka Mamah, thanked the  visitors, especially Senator Eze  for finding time to come and commiserate with the family in time of sorrow, saying the entire families were  highly appreciative of the visit.      The late Igwe Mamah, was born on April 14, 1944, and was a business mogul, whose success in life is a clear case of rising from grass to grace. The late renowned transporter had started as a truck pusher in Onitsha, Anambra State in 1965 and through dint of hard work, acquired his first commercial truck (Awara- awara) in 1972. Today, the business has grown into a sprawling empire covering transportation, courier business, manufacturing and haulage among which are Ifesinachi Industries (Nig.) Ltd (Transport Division) and Jamesgigye Nigeria Ltd, a vegetable oil company which he established in his home town, Ugbaike.


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