Abia commissioner for environment, Dr Solomon Ogunji, dies

Abia commissioner for environment, Dr Solomon Ogunji, dies

- Dr Solomon Ogunji has died

- The Abia commissioner died of high blood pressure

- Ogunji was a senatorial aspirant in the 2019 general elections

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The commissioner for Environment in Abia, Dr Solomon Ogunji, is dead.

The state’s commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi-Kalu, confirmed the development in a statement issued in Umuahia on Sunday, May 24.

Okiyi-Kalu stated that Ogunji died on Saturday “after a brief illness, relating to high blood pressure” at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital in Aba.

Abia commissioner for environment, Dr Solomon Ogunji, dies
Ogunji died on Saturday “after a brief illness, relating to high blood pressure”at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital in Aba. Credit: Twitter
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He said the Abia government was deeply saddened by Ogunji’s death.

“Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, who received the sad news with shock yesterday (Saturday) has personally communicated and condoled with the bereaved family and he is currently in mourning,” he stated.

“The state government prayed God to grant the bereaved family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” said Okiyi-Kalu.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ogunji was a senatorial aspirant in the 2019 general elections, seeking to represent Abia South on the platform of the PDP.

He was appointed special adviser to Ikpeazu on urban renewal in 2015 and later commissioner for environment in the previous administration.

Ogunji, who was a close political ally and confidant of the governor, was a member of the state’s Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Katsina state has lost one of its lawmakers, Alhaji Abdurrazaq Tsiga who represented Bakori constituency at the state House of Assembly, Radio Nigeria reports.

He died at the age of sixty-nine (69) at Malumfashi General Hospital in Kaduna after a brief illness.

Legit.ng gathered that Tsiga has been in and out of the hospital for health issues since he was sworn in for a second term back in June 2019.

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The Katsina lawmaker who died in the late hours of Sunday, May 10, was buried on Monday, May 11, at Tsiga town according to Islamic rites.

Until his deathTsiga represented Bakori constituency for two elective terms. He was the House deputy leader and chairman, House committee on business, ethics, and privileges.

The late Tsiga is survived by four wives, many children and grandchildren.

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