Dana Air Crash: Late Dr. Abugu’s Family Appeals to Gov. Ugwuanyi to Contribute to Trust Fund

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Dana Air Crash: Late Dr. Abugu’s Family Appeals to  Gov. Ugwuanyi to Contribute to Trust Fund

The family of late Dr. Ikechukwu Godwin Abugu who died on the Dana Air crash about six years ago has appealed to the Enugu State Governor, Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and other corporate bodies and individuals to come to the assistance of the family by contributing to the Trust Fund established in honour of the deceased.

Dr. Abugu, an entrepreneur and former President of Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) died along with 153 passengers on board and 10 more people on ground at Iju-Ishaga, Lagos, on June 3, 2012.

Among those who died with him were professors, bank executives, experts in diverse fields, top media personality, whole family, children, new couples, among others.

At the sixth anniversary of his death, the family said the Trust Fund established to help for the upkeep of the young family is without fund.

A member of the Trust Fund, Prof. Nick Idoko, at a press briefing in Lagos on behalf of the family to mark the 6th anniversary of the Dana Air Crash said that many had made pledges to contribute to the Trust Fund when the sad incident was fresh, but added that  the promises were yet to be redeemed.

Idoko while acknowledging the unflinching support of NASME, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, and the Chairman of the Trust Fund, Mr. Emeka Ugwu-Oju, among others so far, called for their continued support to boost the Dr. Ike Abugu Trust Fund.

He said, “We also use this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to individuals and groups for their unflinching support thus far. We need to fund the foundation, nevertheless. We call on Ike’s numerous friends, colleagues and associates to lend a helping hand. They will be recognized. The Trust Fund is an incorporated trustee duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission”.

Idoko during the press briefing attended by members of the late Abugu’s wife, children and the younger brother of the deceased. Mr. Okonkwo Abugu appealed to former friends and professional colleagues to assist by contributing to the Trust Fund.

He gave the account details of the Trust Fund as “ Dr. Ike Abugu Trust Fund, Fidelity Bank, Account No. 4110037339”.

Idoko described late Dr. Ike Abugu as a brilliant star in the academic and industry horizon, who, in his short life, gave the children the best of education and life, adding that the Trust Fund is aimed at helping the children attain good education at all levels.

He added, “Dr. Ike Abugu was a brilliant star in the academic and industry horizon, who, in his short life, was on the rise and garnering laurels as he strode on. His unmistakable brilliance shone like a million stars. He studied on scholarship for his secondary and tertiary education, which he did in Nigeria and in Moscow, in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR). He earned a doctorate degree in metallurgical engineering from the Moscow Technical University. On his return to the country, following an irresistible pull of patriotism to return to contribute to the development of his fatherland. He had to wade through the usual labyrinth of frustrating odds strewn in the path of unassuming patriots like him. But he persevered. He applied his broad intellectual power in the pursuit of his dream to be at the apex of the driving force for the industrialization of Nigeria.

“By sheer dint of hard work, he scaled the hurdles and made his mark in the industry as a champion of the small and medium enterprises (SME) sector. He was fully enmeshed in the drive to reposition the SME sector as the linchpin of the country’s industrialization and development. No doubt, he was fully aware and recognized the role of SMEs in the industrialization process of a modern and
emerging economy like Nigeria.

“He became a critical operative within the Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME). He worked assiduously to reposition NASME. He rose quickly to become the president of the association, for two terms. Even after he ended his eventful tenures, he remained a relevant and critical factor and voice in the bid to propel NASME to an enviable height.

“At NASME, Ike’s burning patriotism and consummate love for fatherland thrust forward forcefully and unmistakably. His tall vision for Nigeria as a great power in the comity of nations was indisputable. He was focused on his dream and vision. It was no surprise how he was able to bring NASME to national reckoning.

“But, alas, Ike became a victim of the deep contradictions that face Nigeria. Were Nigeria a due process country, perhaps, Ike might still be alive today. It is lamentable that this star got plucked from the skies in mid-passage, leaving his very young family totally askance. In fact, it has dawned on
us anew, the meaning of death; indeed the finality of death.

“The philosopher, David Hume, observed that he feared the thought of oblivion at death no more than the idea of nonexistence before birth. How true that applies to Dr. Ike Abugu’s death. As it is, no depth of rationality can comprehend a way by which this once vibrant friend, brother, colleague, associate, and partner could have transcended such that he is never seen again. Ike’s eternal absence has left permanent grief, created a yawning vacuum, and diminished the filial care he pledged to his nuclear family. Dr. Abugu left behind a young wife, three little children, and an aged mother. He had ambition for his family; to give his children the best care and education, nothing less than what he got. The children are growing rapidly but no father to propel them”

The late Abugu’s wife, Uzoamaka, who spoke on how the family has lived since the sad event said it has not been easy taking care of the children.

She appealed to Governor Ugwuanyi , corporate organizations and others to assist in contributing to the Trust Fund for the sake of the children.

The Dana aircraft, marked 5N-RAM, disappeared from the radar scope of the Lagos Air Traffic Control after communication from the tower to the pilot in command failed, before it crashed into a two-storey building on Tolulope Street, in Toyin area of Iju-Ishaga. Source: Shipping Day

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