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Unijos tribute to Dana crash victim

10 June 2013, 10:08

Abuja - The University of Jos paid tribute to its late prominent professor who was one of the victims of last June's Dana Air crash.

The event in memory of Professor Celestine Onwuliri was held on Sunday at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, the permanent site of the university.

Speaking at the occasion, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Hayward Mafuyai, said the institution felt the absence of Onwuliri.

"We miss him because even while he was away serving his state or the nation in other capacities, he was available to support, guide, and counsel us. We miss his lively nature and wisdom gained by experience that will be difficult to replicate,” Mafuyai said.

His widow, Viola Adaku-Onwuliri, bemoaned the lack of progress in the settling of her husband's compensation.

She nonetheless described her husband as a God-fearing person, who supported the country and the church while contributing to the world of knowledge.

“My husband brought a lot of research grants to the University of Jos. He supervised over 25 PhD holders and has published over 200 articles; both national and international journals," she said.

The late Onwuliri was one of the most revered scholars in the country and acted as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos.

He was one of 163 people killed in the Dana Air crash in Lagos.

The crash is believed to have been caused by dual engine failure and subsequent forced landing.

- CAJ News



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