BY MIDAT JOSEPH, Kaduna
Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, yesterday, shed tears at the residence of his commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Professor Jonathan Andrew Nok, who died after a brief illness.
Professor Nok, died at a private hospital in Kaduna at about 6:30am yesterday.
He was born on 11 February 1962 and hailed from Nok Village in Jaba local government area of Kaduna State.
Governor el-Rufai, who was among the first callers to the resident of his late commissioner with his cabinet members, could not control his tears.
Professor Nok, began his public life as commissioner of Health and Human Services and was later moved to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
A laureate of the National Merit Award, Professor Nok was a distinguished scientist.
Kaduna State Health Team won two consecutive first prizes in the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) week during Professor Nok’s stay at the Ministry of Health and Home Services.
The late commissioner was a professor of Biochemistry at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Acknowledged in the science community for his contributions, Professor Nok won the Alexander Humboldt prize in 2013 for his research into finding a cure for trypanosomiasis.
In 2009, he won the NLNG prize for identifying the gene responsible for the enzyme which causes sleeping sickness (trypanosomiasis).
The federal government of Nigeria also honoured him with the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM).
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