The Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, has described the death of Sen. Uche Chukwumerije as a ‘big blow’ to the education sector.
Chukwumerije, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, died on Sunday at the age of 75 after a long battle with lung cancer.
Shekarau’s condolence message, which was conveyed through his Special Adviser on Media, Dr Nnamdi Olebara, was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.
According to the minister, Chukwumerije’s death is also a big loss to Nigeria’s democracy.
He described the late senator as a pragmatic and forthright politician who was highly cerebral and unrepentantly patriotic with a clear and straight stance on every issue.
“His contributions to the reforms in the education sector are tremendous and priceless; he was an esteemed team player who has left the education sector better than he met it.
“We in the education sector commiserate with his family and pray to God Almighty to grant his gentle soul eternal rest; solace to his family and loved ones and bless Nigeria with more Uche Chukwumerijes”, he said.
NAN reports that Chukwumerije was also a former Minister of Information.