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|Wing Commander Emmanuel Ukaegbu (RTD)
|Wing Command Emmanuel Ukaegbu hails from
Ndi Ejim, Ibinaukwu Autonomous Community,
Igbere in Abia State Nigeria.
His early education started at Ehamaufu. He was
a traveling scholar. His primary education took
him to Makurdi, and then to Enugu, and ended in
Port Harcourt. He started his secondary education
at Holy Family College Abaki, which was cut short
by the Nigerian Civil War. After the war, he
resumed his secondary school at Obollo Eke, St.
Patrick Secondary School; from there to Emene
High School, now known as St. Patrick Emene,
Enugu. From there he transferred to Federal
Government College Enugu where he completed.
Thereafter, he joined the Nigerian Air Force as a potential pilot .He did a basic
military training at the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDE) Kaduna. Then he moved to
Nigeria Air Force base Kaduna where he had primary flying training on graduation.
After that, he went abroad to United Kingdom where he undertook basic and
advance flying training at the College of Air Training Hamble for about a year and
half and then returned to Nigeria.
Emmanuel Ukaegbu was commissioned to the rank of pilot officer and at the same
time commenced a conversion course on the Domairi 28 Air Craft. Thereafter, he
proceeded to United States of America for under graduate navigation course. Soon
after he did C130 basic and tactical course, it took him to three air force bases:
namely San Antonio in Texas, Sacramento in California, and finished in Little Rock,
Air Force Base in Arkansas.
Finally, Commander Emmanuel Ukaegbu returned to Nigeria in 1982, to commence
operational flying on the C130 Air Craft type, which was the main Nigeria Air Force
transport aircraft. Operating with this aircraft offered him the opportunity to fly
around the world. While engaged in flying, he progressed in rank. He earned his
promotion as at when due and had the opportunity to serve in various operational
and training portfolios.
Commander Emmanuel Ukaegbu taught at Nigeria Defense Academy and then later
proceeded to the Command Staff College Jaji, where he did junior staff course. On
completion, he returned back to field operational duties. While carrying out the flying
duties, he had opportunity to take Bachelor of Science course in Business
Administration, at University of Lagos. In 1992, he proceeded to Ghana Armed
Forces College, where he did his senior staff course for one year. While in Ghana,
he also took a diploma course in Public Administration at Ghana Institute of Public
On return to Nigeria, he was deployed to Command Staff College Jaji as a Directing
Staff (Lecturer). He was there for almost three years before he left in 1996 to 81st
Air Centre Benin (that is the Nigeria Air Force Maritime Base). He was deployed as
the group operation officer. Then in 1997, he was posted to 301 Flying Training
School Kaduna, as the commanding officer for the academic wing of the school.
He functioned in this capacity up to 1998 when he was re-assigned on political
appointment as the Military Administrator of Anambra State. He left on May 29, 1999
and shortly thereafter retired from service.
Wing Commander Emmanuel Ukaegbu is a member of Oganihu Age Grade of
Igbere. He is married to Mrs. Helen Ndunma Ukaegbu and the couple is blessed with
four children namely, Ikechukwu, Ugonma, Kelechi and Chioma. His belief is that
marriage is an injunction from God.
In the area of contribution to development in Igbere, in 1999, he took the initiative
that saw to the successful re-activation of Igbere Borehole Water Works. According
to Commander Emmanuel Ukaegbu, “our people should be more objective and think
of what will benefit the community and not the individual, see yourself as coming
from Igbere first, and whatever we do as individual should be aimed at bringing unity
and prosperity to Igbere. Of course, it is necessary that those in position of
leadership should be accountable and
|Governor Emmanuel Ukaegbu
(Former Governor, Anambra State)