ROTARY International across the world and Nigeria is mourning the demise of one of their leaders, a Past District Governor, Rotarian Dr Benson Aghazu; who will be laid to rest in his home town, Nnewi, Anambra State on Friday, April 23
Until his death, Dr Ben Aghazu was the chairman of Niger Farms Limited and of several other companies in Nigeria, engaged in integrated poultry farming, management consulting, engineering services and information technology.
He joined Rotary Club of Enugu in 1980, and later, Rotary Club of Nnewi Central and also served in many capacities at district, regional and international levels. He was a District Governor of then District 9140 which covered 11 states of South East and South South Geo-political Zones.
During his tenure, he ensured the setting up of education endowment fund and awarded scholarships to indigent students in the local communities among other initiatives.
Dr Aghazu’s commitment to Rotary service was legendary. He made iintegrity his trademark, devoted his talents, resources and time to Rotary works and programs just like he normally say “I have received so much from society and I feel obligated to give something back. I have discovered a goal which is worth more than life.”
Due to his dedication and commitment to service, Rotary International recognised and honoured Aghazu with numerous awards and his ccommunity also honoured him with the title of Kpakpando Nnewi.
Born on February 13, 1946, Dr Ben Aghazu was an outstanding academic throughout his educational journey and achievements in Nigeria, England and the United States of America, from where he earned B.sc (First Class); M.Sc, D.Sc in Engineering & Chemical Engineering. He also earned an MBA from the North Eastern University, Boston, USA.
He was a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, a body he also served as Vice President and also an Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu State.
In 2014, Dr Aghazu was appointed Chairman, Board of Trustees of the then proposed Pentecost University, owned by (Anglican Communion), Diocese of Nnewi.
Rotary International, Nnewi community, Anambra State and Nigeria will miss this committed advocate for peace, integrity and development.
He is survived by his wife and children and many Rotary friends across the world.