ABU professor killed in Kaduna gas explosion buried

The remains of late
Prof. Simon Mallam, who died in a gas explosion in Sabo Tasha, Kaduna, has been
laid to rest in his hometown, Malagum, Kaura Local Government, Kaduna State.

Mallam, a professor of
Nuclear Physics at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, was until his
death the chairman of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission.

He was buried on Saturday after a funeral service held at the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Malagum.

Mallam was among eight persons killed in the gas explosion on January 4.

Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, in a message, described the late professor as a rare gem who would be missed greatly.

The minister, who was
represented by Augustine Igwe, Director- General, Nigerian Institute for
Trypanosomiasis, urged the family to take solace in God.

“In all situations, we
should thank God. He would continue to remain a role model for his family and
the nation,” he said.

The Chief of Kagoro, Ufuwai
Bonet, said the Southern Kaduna and the entire nation had lost an illustrious

The late don was a member
of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Federal Radiation Protection Service
in 2003; and Chairman, Technical Advisory Committee on Radioactive Waste
Management Policy in 2004.

He was also a member,
National Committee on Energy Master-plan (Energy Commission of Nigeria) 2006;
and Commissioner at the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission before becoming its
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer in 2007.

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