Felix Ugwu, a finance director from Enugu State, died at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, in Kuru, Jos, Plateau State, where he was enrolled in an ongoing Policy Strategy and Leadership Course.
The victim was one of 26 Enugu State residents who attended the program and was admitted to the NIPSS facility on September 8, 2021, only to be discovered dead the next morning.
Enugu State’s Head of Service, Ken Chukwuegbu, confirmed the event on Monday, saying the state was grieved by the tragedy.
“Yes, one of my staff, Felix Ugwu, who attended a leadership training of NIPSS died at his apartment at Jos, Plateau State. He just arrived for the training and was found dead the following day.
“It is quite unfortunate but you know that death can come at any time. The entire state has been saddened by the development.
“We are still studying the situation to unravel the circumstances surrounding his death,” he said.
Nasirdeen Usman, a directing staff for Short Courses, also confirmed the occurrence, saying the late participant was Director, Finance and Accounts in the Accountant General’s Office, Enugu, before his death.
“We regret to notify the National Institute community of the tragic death of Mr Felix N. Ugwu, a participant in the Policy Strategy and Leadership Course (PSLC) diet 41.
”Late Mr Felix Ugwu, a Participant sponsored by the Enugu State Government, arrived for the course on Wednesday evening, 8th September 2021, and was discovered dead in his dormitory accomodation at NIPSS the following day, Thursday, September 9, 2021.
“The Ag. DG of NIPSS, Brig-Gen CFJ Udaya (rtd) mni, deeply condoles with the PSLC 41 participants and the NIPSS community on this sad incident. He also sends condolences on behalf of the National Institute to the Enugu State Government on the loss of their illustrious personnel,” he said.
Established in 1979, NIPSS is Nigeria’s foremost leadership institute.