The family of a former Minister of Information has been thrown into mourning.

Their breadwinner, John Odey has passed on in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
 
Odey was said to have died on Sunday after being hospitalised for several weeks over suspected cancer.
 
The former minister was reportedly flown to Dubai following deterioration in his health after battling with cancer for a long time.
 
In his reaction, Governor Ben Ayade, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Christian Ita, expressed shock and sadness over the death of the former minister, adding that the news of his demise was depressing.
 
He described Odey’s departure as a monumental loss to the government and people of Cross River State.

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Eulogising the virtues of the late minister, Ayade recalled that Odey was a patriot who meticulously discharged the duties assigned to him creditably.
 
“Not only was Odey a loyal party man of the PDP family, he was a quintessential gentleman and a team player whose imprints as the party’s National Publicity Secretary and later, Minister of Environment, are there for everyone to see,” the governor added.
 
Odey was a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party.
 
He also served as a treasurer of the party in Cross River State as well as Commissioner for Agriculture.
 
He was appointed Minister of Information and Communications in July 2007, and became Minister of Environment in December 2008 after the then President Umaru Yar’Adua reshuffled his cabinet.

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