By Rose Nwankwu (Correspondent, Awka)

The Anambra state government has mourned with great sadness, the death of one of its illustrious citizen and a retired General of the Nigerian Army, General Sam Momah, who passed-on on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

General Momah was a former Minister of Science and Technology during the regime of former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.

A statement on Friday by the Anambra state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Hon. C. Don Adinuba, said the late General "remained a worthy Ambassador of the state" upto his moment of demise at age 77.

General Momah, a first class honours graduate in Civil Engineering, according to the statement, served the nation as a Nigerian military officer "with outstanding dedication and brilliance. He not only worked in the Engineering Corps with panache for 36 years, he served as the Commandant of the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), the army think tank in Minna, Niger State, in recognition of his immense intellectual abilities".

The statement also described Momah as "One of the first directors of the War College (now Defence College) in Abuja" and also "serious author". It said General Momah 'drew national attention when he launched two well-regarded book on international politics the same day before he became a minister. He wrote many more on diverse topics.

"A Nigerian patriot, he spoke Hausa, Yoruba, Tiv and Urhobo fluently. He was also a proud Nnewi indigene who promoted manufacturing in the town when he was the Minister of Science and Technology. He mentored a lot of young people across the nation.

"General Momah studied in the North and West and worked in different parts of the country. His 13th book on Nigeria’s restructuring which was launched on July 6, 2020, to mark his 77th birthday, was informed by his abiding faith in the country’s future.

The Anambra state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, according to the statement, however "condole with the Nnewi people, the Nigerian Army and the nation on the loss of General Sam Momoh, an officer and gentleman, a true ambassador of the Anambra people. May his soul rest in peace", the statement said. NNL.

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