Raymond Alegho Dokpesi, marine engineer, chartered transporter, shipping consultant and administrator, 62, October 25. Born in Ibadan, Oyo State, he was educated at the University of Benin; Wzsza Szkota Morska Gdynia, Poland, and the University of Gdansk, Sopot, Poland. He was appointed chief planning officer, Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, 1978-1983; head, Water Transport Division, federal ministry of transport and aviation, 1983; chief of staff to the Gongola state governor, 1983; managing director/chief executive officer, African Ocean Lines Limited, 1989. Dokpesi is the chairman of DAAR Communications Limited, owners of African Independence Television, AIT, and Ray Power Radio. He was the director-general, Ibrahim Babaginda Campaign Organisation in the 2011 presidential election.
Alex Ekwueme, architect, politician and administrator, 81, October 21. Born in Oko, Anambra State, he was educated at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington DC, USA, 1952-1957; University of Strathclyde, Scotland, 1976-1978. He served as clerk, Nigeria Railway Corporation; technical assistant and science instructor, King’s College, Lagos, and later physics master, Hussey College, Warri, 1950-1952. He was assistant architect, Leo A Daly and Associates, Seattle, USA, 1956-1957. He was vice-president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1979-1983. He is one of the founders of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Ime Sampon Umanah, industrialist and businessman, 70, October 24. He was born in Uruk-Uso, Otoro, Abak Akwa Ibom State. He attended several professional business and management courses in Nigeria, United Kingdom, UK and United States of America, USA. Currently, he is the chairman and chief executive, Imesco Enterprises Limited; former chairman, board of directors, Newswatch Communications Limited.
Chika Julius Odom, lawyer, politician and administrator, 53, October 19. Born in Okwu Ikeduru, Imo State, he was educated at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Umuahia; Imo State University, now Abia State University, Aturu, 1986. He began his private practice in Aba, before he was appointed special assistant to Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia State, in 1999. He served as deputy chief of staff and two time commissioner in the same administration. He became the minister of state for environment, housing and urban development, 2007. He was appointed minister of state in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, in December 2008.
FESTUS Odimegwu, chairman of the National Population Commission, NPC, on October 17, resigned his appointment. In his place, the federal government has appointed Sam Ahaiwe, commissioner representing Abia State in the commission, to act as chairman pending the appointment of a substantive boss. The appointment was made known in a statement by Sam Nwaobasi, special adviser on media to Anyim Pius Anyim, secretary to the government of the federation.
Compiled by Anayo Ezugwu
— Oct. 28, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT