John Odey, a former Minister of Information, and later of Environment has died, aged 58.
It is gathered that he died in in the early hours of today, in a Dubai hospital where he is receiving treatment for a cancer related illness.
Details of his passage are still sketchy but his death was announced on Sunday by the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, at the party’s convention in Port Harcourt.
Mr Secondus also called for a one-minute silence for Mr Odey at the event.
Brief biography of the late John Odey
John Ogar Odey (born November 1, 1959) was appointed Nigerian minister of information and communications in July 2007, and became minister for environment in December 2008 after President Umaru Yar’Adua reshuffled his cabinet.
Mr. Odey graduated with a B.Sc. in banking and finance from the University of Calabar in 1986. He has been active within the media, with positions such as general manager for South-South Communication and chairman of News Agency of Nigeria.He was appointed National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2004.
He served as minister of information and communications and then as minister for the environment in the cabinet of Umaru Yar’Adua. In March 2010, he handed over to the permanent secretary for the ministry of environment after Vice President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved his cabinet.