A one time minister of Information and then Environment, John Odey, has died. The late minister was said to have died in the early hours of today Sunday October 7th in an hospital in Dubai after battling with cancer.
His death was announced today by the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, at the party’s convention in Port Harcourt.
Here is a brief biography of the late Minister:
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.
He 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.