The Kaduna State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Jonathan Andrew Nok, has passed away at the age of 55 after a brief illness.
He was born on 11 February 1962 and hailed from Nok Village in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Until his appointment as the Commissioner of Health and Human Services; and later Commissioner for Education by Governor Nasir el-Rufai, Nok (MFR), was a professor of Biochemistry at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
An official of the state said he fell ill a few weeks ago, hospitalised and discharged last week after he recovered.
He was to resume work today, before suddenly relapsing.
Mr. Nok, a professor of Biochemistry, has won many national and international awards.
In 2010, he won Nigeria’s highest academic honour, the Nigerian National Order of Merit, in the science category.
His work on the discovery of the gene responsible for sleeping sickness won the NLNG Science Prize in 2009.
As commissioner of education, Mr. Nok supervised the conduct of the competency test conducted across the state last month.
He later expressed disgust at the performance of the teachers in the competency test.
“You will be surprised to know that someone teaching science, for example, could not define science,” he was reported saying early this month.
“Such a person has no business teaching in our schools. What we want to do is to know who is teaching what in our schools and whether the person is competent enough to teach,” Professor Nok