Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi lost one of his “Super Commissioners” in a vehicle accident in Enugu State on Tuesday.
Engr Fidelis Kings Nweze, the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Concession, died in Turkish Hospital in Abuja following a successful intestinal surgery.
By 7 p.m. on Saturday, his vehicle slammed into a stationary truck in Obinagu, Enugu State.
While the passengers, his orderly, and the driver of the vehicle were all injured and treated and released, Engr Kings had problems that led to his early death.
Governor David Umahi, speaking in an emotional tone during a press conference at the new Government House Abakaliki, characterized the dead as his younger brother, friend, and destiny helper.
According to him: “Engr Kings died this morning at 9:15 am at Turkish Hospital, Abuja. Nweze was traveling to Enugu on Saturday at about 7 pm with his driver and orderly.
“And about Obinagu in Enugu State, they rammed into a stationery truck. He was on sit belt. They were all concious. The orderly had slight injury. He was treated and discharged. The driver had slight injury and was treated and discharged
“The seat belt ruptured his (Nweze) intestines. They did a very successful surgery. They put him in intensive care unit to be there for three days
“This morning when I called at about 8 am, they said he had a crisis. At about 9:15 am, Engr Nweze gave up. I’m so sad. He is one of the pillars of this administration. To me is like my friend, brother, son, and destiny helper went out and will never come back.
“We did our best. I declare tomorrow a public holiday in honour of Nweze and no market should be opened. No work in any of the offices; no work in any of the sites in honour of Engr Nweze
“Also, in our liaison offices in Lagos, Abuja. We are going to be mourning from tomorrow till Saturday. All government officials and, CAN will be fasting and breaking their fast at the Christian Ecumenical Centre.
“Nweze is the Chairman of the ring road. He cannot be replaced. First as Commissioner for Works and then Infrastructure. All government officials are to fast and break the fast at Ecumenical Centre by 4pm to 5pm.”