The death has been announced of Chief Edwin Uyaemem Achum whose sad event took place on Saturday, November 7, 2020. Aged 80, the late Edwin was an accomplished Nigerian citizen of Achalla, Anambra State origin, and served at the Nigerian Customs’ Service from 1973 to 2001. He retired as a sitting Customs’ AreaComptroller (CAC) in Nasarawa Area Command. According to his widow, Dr. (Mrs.) Grace Achum, the late Edwin was described by his peers and subordinates at NCS, as one of Nigeria’s finest Custom officers.
She said the late Edwin was also a humanitarian and community leader, who contributed to the human capital and material development of his state and country. Condoling with the family, Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the departed made his mark as a dutiful officer with the Nigerian Customs Service, from where he retired in 2001. After 28 years of meritorious serviceto the nation. “He was known for honesty, dedication, and for playing according to the rules. No wonder he attained the lofty position of Area Comptroller, Lafia, Nasarawa State, before retiring”, he said.
The Chairman House Committee On Agriculture, Honourable John Nwokoye (Onowu Achalla), described the passage of late Edwin Achum as a great loss for the entire Awka-North Local Government Area of Anambra State,. Nwokoye in a condolence message to the Achum’s family, said that the renowned Educationist and retired Comptroller of Customs, Ogbuefi Edwin Achum was a great son of Achalla. Also, a press statement by his legislative aide, Ozo Chinedu Okadigbo in Awka, Hon Nwokoye stated that
the town had lost an enigma whose works would continue to dominate the contemporary Anambra society. “On behalf of my family, my constituents and people of Awka North, I commiserate with the Achum family over the passing of their lovely patriarch, I pray God grants his immediate family, the Achalla Kingdom, Awka North people and lovers of Education, the strength to bear the loss,” Hon John Nwokoye said.