By Emmanuel Udom
The presidency has paid glowing tribute and honour for the departed Anambra Philanthropist and Community Leader, Chief Edwin Achum and commiserated with the Achum family of Achalla in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
A statement issued on behalf of President Muhamed Buhari by spokesman, Femi Adesina, said that Chief Edwin “was known for honesty, dedication, and playing according to the rules”
The statement also describes Chief Edwin a charitable community leader who helped in the development of Local government structure in his local government area in Anambra state, by donating his country home to be used as Awka North local government secretariat.
According to Mr Adesina, “Chief Achum was a humanitarian and devoted community leader. It is on record that he offered his residential building as secretariat for Awka North Local Government Area, and contributed greatly to the growth and development of Achalla, his hometown, and was made life patron of the Lagos branch of Achalla Improvement Union”, the statement reads.
Born in Achalla, Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State in March 15, 1943, Chief Edwin Uyaemem Achum was a University of Nigeria Nsukka( UNN) trained Sociologist and Anthropologist who retired as a Comptroller of the Nigeria Customs Service, and has been described by some of his former NCS colleagues as one of Nigeria’s finest Customs officer.
Adesina noted that Chief Achum translated his Nsukka training into action and made indelible marks.