The flag of the Federal University Lokoja (FUL) is currently flying at half-mast as the University mourns the death of its Second Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, Emeritus Professor Nimi Dimkpa Briggs whose death came as a rude shock to the entire University Community when the sad news was announced by the Vice-Chancellor on Monday, April 10, 2023, following the official statement released by the family.
In a statement by the University Public Relations Officer, Mr. Daniel Nwankwo, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi and the entire Management of the University were saddened by the news of the passing of the highly respected University don, describing his death as a colossal loss to Nigeria, the academia, and humanity, in general, considering his immense contributions to education and the medical world.
At an emergency meeting of the Principal Officers Committee (POC) held on Thursday, where a minute's silence was observed in honour of the deceased, the Vice-Chancellor on behalf of the University Management commiserated with the Briggs family and prayed for the peaceful repose of his soul. He, therefore, directed that, as the burial arrangements are being awaited from the family, a condolence register be opened at the entrance of the Central Administrative Building at the Permanent Site while the University flag is to fly at half-mast in honour of the fallen hero, educator, and brilliant medical doctor.
Earlier, during the First Memorial Lecture organized on Tuesday in honour of the late Engr. Joseph Makoju, the Guest Lecturer, Ambassador Godknows Igali equally requested that one-minute silence be observed in honour of Professor Nimi Briggs. According to the statement by his family, Professor Briggs passed away in the early hours of Easter Monday, 2023 at the age of 79 years. The former and 5th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State served as the Second Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the FUL Governing Council between 2016 and 2020.
Rest In Peace Emeritus Professor Nimi Briggs, your legacies live on!