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John Ogar Odey (November 1, 1959 – 7 October 2018)[1] 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.[2][3]

John Ogar Odey
Federal Minister of Information and Communications
In office
26 July 2007 – 17 December 2008
Preceded byFrank Nweke
Succeeded byDora Akunyili
Federal Minister of Environment and Housing
In office
17 December 2008 – 7 October 2018
Preceded byHalima Tayo Alao
Personal details
Born(1959-11-01)1 November 1959
Died7 October 2018(2018-10-07) (aged 58)
Political partyPDP


Odey graduated with a B.Sc. in banking and finance from the University of Calabar in 1986.[4] He has been active within the media, with positions such as general manager for South-South Communication and chairman of News Agency of Nigeria.[3] He was appointed National Publicity Secretary of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in 2004.[4]

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.[5]

Odey died on Sunday, October 7, 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, UAE, after a cancer-related illness that made him travel out of the country for medication. Odey remains was taken home on Tuesday November 6, 2018, for eternal rest in his hometown, Okpoma, Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State amid tears and testimonies. The body arrived at about 5pm, and was taken to the Christ the King Catholic Church in Okpoma for Mass in his honour. He was buried on Wednesday November 7, 2018.


  1. ^ Former PDP Spokesman, John Odey Has Passed Away
  2. ^ "Yar'Adua names cabinet". Africa News. 27 July 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
  3. ^ a b Nosike Ogbuenyi, Abimbola Akosile and Sufuyan Ojeifo (19 December 2008). "Yar'Adua Renews His Mission". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  4. ^ a b Yemi Adebowale (July 7, 2007). "All the president's men". ThisDay. Archived from the original on July 11, 2007. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
  5. ^ "Odey hands over Environment Ministry to Olorunfemi". The Punch. 19 Mar 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-27.[permanent dead link]