Final-year medical student who turned food vendor during eight-month strike by ASUU is dead

Usman Abubakar-Rimi, a student of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, UDUS, has died.

Abubakar-Rimi, who ventured into food selling business due to the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) died recently.

Abubakar-Rimi, a Medicine and Surgery final year student, opened a food outlet and Indomie joint in the Diplomat area in Sokoto.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the medical student died on Wednesday after a brief illness.

Chairman of 21st Century Enterprenuer Hub, Umar Idris, a close associate of the deceased confirmed this on Saturday.

Idris said the deceased had been buried according to Islamic rites in his hometown, Rimi, in Rimi Local Government Area of Katsina State.

He described the deceased as a humble person and a dedicated student and entrepreneur.

According to him, the deceased was Katsina State Coordinator of the 21st Century Entrepreneurs Hub, and actively participated in coordinating Global Entrepreneurship activities in 2019 and 2020.

He added that the deceased also coordinated Young CEOs Meetup in Katsina, the largest CEOs gathering in Katsina from 2019 and 2020, as well as several other skills acquisition trainings.

He noted that during Abubakar-Rimi’s leadership, the 21st Century Entrepreneurs Hub in Katsina empowered about 1,000 women and youths on various business skills.

It was recalled that during an exclusive interview with NAN, the deceased on September 9 said the prolonged industrial action embarked on by ASUU gave him the opportunity to begin the food business.

The deceased had also told NAN that he utilised the period of the COVID-19 lockdown to start an eggs and chicken distribution business.