Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uche Ogah has expressed grief over the death of Deputy Chief of Staff to Abia governor, Chief Ukpai Agwu Ukpai, describing it shocking.
Chief Ukpai passed on in the early hours of Tuesday in Abia. Ogah in a condolence message on Saturday said Chief was a servant of the people who demonstrated humility and candour in the discharge of his assignment.
Ogah while noting that the late Deputy Chief of Staff was a committed patriot who devoted several years in his lifetime to work for a more egalitarian Abia, added that he will be greatly missed.
“Chief Ukpai will be remembered for his patriotic service for our dear state, Abia. He is a giant example of sound morality who never allowed political differences come between him and his friends.
“He was a pillar in the current government where he discharged his duty with all diligence and passion.
“His death was not only shocking but sudden especially when no report of medical complication was ever heard of him.
“I commiserate with his family, government and people of Abia over this loss. I pray God Almighty to rest his soul and grant solace to his family and loved ones” the Minister said.