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Former governor of Ogun state, Chief Olusegun Osoba has described the death of former Minister of Information and Culture, Tony Momoh as a big loss to the country.
The All Progressives Congress National leader in his condolence letter made available to newsmen in Abeokuta described late Momoh as a consummate journalist.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that Momoh was reported to have died on Monday at his residence in Abuja at the age of 81.
Osoba maintained that the late Minister is a serious minded journalist who had used his pen to make tremendous impact in the media world.
He said, “we have lost a consummate journalist. He was a string and powerful member of the intellectual in the media.
“Great Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe gave him the sobriquet of “lawyer journalist” and he love up to the nickname.
“Serious minded, deep in his thoughts and writings, through which he left an indelible mark in the media world. God bless his soul.”
Momoh was appointed Minister of Information and Culture by General Ibrahim Babangida, holding the position from September 1986 until 1990.
He was Chairman of the African Conference of Information Ministers from 1988 to 1990.
He was educated at Government School Auchi, the school Momoh the First had established at Auchi in 1922. He also attended Teacher Training College, Abraka, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the University of Lagos, and the Nigerian Law school.
He had degrees in Mass Communication and Law and was a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He worked in various capacities, including professional and administrative, in the Daily Times of Nigeria Group.
He also served as Chairman of the Board of Nigeria Airways and was a member of the Nigerian Press Council. Prince Tony Momoh was awarded many honours, including fellowships of the Commonwealth Journalists’ Association, the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, and the Advertising Council of Nigeria.
He was a patron of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, and a holder of Selkyo Culture Award presented to him in Japan in recognition of his “great contribution to society” through his “consistent and valuable activities for the sake of the creation of peace and culture”.