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Written by Augustine Adah   
Sunday, 22 November 2009

Amadi Ikwechegh, ex-Imo State military governor dies at 58

Amadi Ikwechegh, retired Naval commodore and former military governor of old Imo State, is dead. He died on November 11, in the US. Since his retirement from the Navy Ikwechegh had lived a private life. Unlike many of his colleagues, he stayed out of politics.

 Prominent Nigerians, particularly of Imo State origin, have paid tributes to him. One of them is   Ikedi Ohakim, Imo State governor, who said Ikwechegh's death was a reminder of the transient nature of life. He said while he was in the saddle as military governor, Ikwechegh worked like a missionary." He contributed immensely to the development of the state when he served here as governor."

Theodore Orji, governor of Abia State, said that it was not how long one lived, but how one used his position in the society to affect other lives positively. He attributed the success made by the late naval officer in his profession to his intelligence and discipline. According to Orji, his assessment of late Ikwechegh was based on the close interaction he had with him when he worked as senior assistant secretary, Government House in Owerri before the creation of Abia State in 1991.  

Chris Anyanwu, a senator representing Owerri zone, said the death of Ikwechegh came to her and those who knew him as a great shock. Anyanwu, who served as commissioner for information under the late naval officer, described him as a very energetic and committed man whose tenure was marked with remarkable achievement.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Imo State council, would not also forget the contribution of Ikwechegh to the welfare of the profession in the state. Fidel Onyeneke, chairman of the union, said the late military governor donated the NUJ Press Centre in Owerri to the union. Onyeneke said the press centre would remain a noble monument in his memory. Dimgba Igwe, deputy editor- in-chief, Sun newspapers, also described Ikwechegh as a fine former naval officer and gentleman.      

The people of Igbere, in Bende Local Government of Abia State, where Ikwechegh hailed from, also poured encomiums on him. Orji Kalu, former governor of Abia State, is an indigene of Igbere. He said the death of the former military governor was a great loss to the people of Igbere and the whole country. Kalu said Ikwechegh was like a mentor to him because he appointed him as chairman of Co-operative and Commerce Bank "He believed in me, he encouraged me and advised me," he said.

Born on February 25, 1951, Ikwechegh had his early education at Igbere Central School, 1957, and Aba Township School, in 1962. He was at the Nigerian Military School, Zaria, from 1963 to 1966. In 1971, he was admitted to the Nigeria Defence Academy, NDA. He had some other military training at Britannia Royal Naval College and Australian Navy Hydrographic School. He also attended the Command and Staff College, Jaji.

Ikwechegh was appointed watch keeping officer, Nigeria Navy Ship, NNS Obuma, and executive officer on both NNS Yola and Lana. He served as the military governor of old Imo State from 1986 to 1990 and was retired in 1999 at the inception of the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president of the country.

Since his retirement from the military, Ikwechegh has been into private business in Port Harcourt. The late naval officer featured prominently at the Igbere convention in the USA in 2007 and 2009.   He was a member of Nigeria Association of Geodesy, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, and held national honour of member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR. He was married to Frances Nwamaka Ikwechegh, his widow. 

 

 

 
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