By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State Government has declared a 7-day mourning period in honour of a former military governor of the state, Retired Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga who died on Christmas Eve.
Within the mourning period which takes effect from Saturday December 26, 2020, flags were flown at half mast for the entire duration of the mourning in the state.
Government directives as contained in the statement signed by Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, Secretary to the State Government, also expressed the feeling of Governor Udom Emmanuel over the death of the deceased as very sad as he condoled with the family.
“The Governor, HE Udom Emmanuel is greatly saddened by the news of his passing and condoles with the bereaved family. Consequently, the Governor has declared a seven day period of mourning effective Saturday, 26th December,2020. Flags are to be flown at half mast for the entire duration of the mourning in the state’, the release stated.
According to the release, the information from the Isolation Centre where the former Governor Nkanga was admitted and managed indicated that he died from complications resulting from COVID-19 infection.
It further added that requisite protective protocol and contact tracing have been immediately activated.
Until his death, Retired Commodore Nkanga was the Director General of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Divine Mandate Campaign Organization 2015 & 2019. He was also the Chairman of the Ibom Airport Development company and Ibom Air.
Late Otuekong Nkanga who was the first indigenous military Governor of the state and leader of Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF).