By Uzoma Agbai (Governance & Society Reporter)
The Pan-Igbo Socio-cultural Organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has lamented the demise of an illustrious Igbo son, Engineer (Dr) Ezekiel Izuogu, who passed-on on Monday, 19 July 2020.
In a condolences message by its President General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, Ohaneze described the death of Izuogu as a huge loss to Ndigbo and Nigeria in general. It described Izuogu as an intellectual, researcher, scientist and accomplished politician.
Nwodo recalled that Dr Izuogu had produced the first all-African car in 1997 with 97% locally produced component, and which would have made cars more affordable for Nigerians, but regretted that he had to die with his dreams.
The Ohaneze President General however expressed dissatisfaction with what seemed like a neglect or rather apathy by the Nigerian government to the technologically creative and innovative ingenuity of the Igbo which was evident during and after the civil war, as clearly manifest in the abandonment of the Z-600 locally manufactured car by the late Izogu.
Nwodo said that the undeserved neglect of the Igbo by the Federal Government has cost the country the ingenuity of Igbo scientists that could have driven the nation's technological advancement. He pointed out that even as a scholar, Dr Izuogu impacted positively on his students and remained a role model to them.
The Ohaneze President therefore commiserated with the Imo State Government and its people for this irreparable loss, and urged the Izuogu family to bear his loss with equanimity and faith in God. NNL.