John Odey, a former Minister of Information, and later of Environment has died, aged 58.
He died in a Dubai hospital, where he was receiving treatment for a cancer related illness.
Details of his death are still not clear, but it was announced 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 was born on 1st of November,1959. He was appointed as 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 as National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) in 2004.
In March 2010, he handed over to the permanent secretary for the ministry of environment, after Vice President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved his cabinet.