Professor Prince Efere has been reportedly found dead in his office. Prof. Efere is the Dean, School of Foundation Studies, University of Africa (UAT), Toru-Orua, Bayelsa State
According to the Nation, It was gathered that Efere, a United Kingdom-trained scholar, was found lifeless in his office by his colleagues after he failed to turn up for a meeting.
Some of his friends who confirmed the unfortunate incident said he was found resting his head on his office table. The cause of his death has not been made know.
Efere was appointed Acting Rector of Bayelsa State Institute of Tourism Catering and Hotel Management by the state Governor Seriake Dickson, following the formal passage and signing into law of the bill establishing the school in 2013.
In 2017, Efere, who held two doctorate degrees in Health Services Management and Education from two Central American Universities, was made Dean of the newly established UAT.
The professor was also a member of the State Diaspora Mobilization and Contact Committee and Chairman of British Education Network.
This is not the first a Professor will be reported dead in their office, Professor Solomon Ogunniyi, Provost of the College of Health Sciences at the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile Ife, one of Nigeria’s foremost universities was also found dead.
Ogunniyi, 60, died in his office within the university premises..
Though the cause of his death could not be ascertained as at press time, he reportedly went into his office but did not come out for many hours resulting in suspicion by some of his colleagues.
He was later found dead in his chair.
Professor Ogunniyi won many awards of distinctions among which are Best Students in School Certificate (1973), National Scholarship Award for Best Student in Preliminary Class (1973- 1974), May and Baker prize for Best Student in Part II MBChB Examination (1978), Distinction Pass in Final Examinations in Pathology (1978), Obstetrics and Gynecology (1980).