A former minister in the Ministry of Information and Ministry of Environment, Mr. John Odey, has died 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 said to have been flown to Dubai following deterioration in his health condition after battling with cancer for long.
In his reaction, Governor Ben Ayade, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Ita, expressed shock and sadness over the death of 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.
Ayade said, “We have lost an illustrious son, a good ambassador of Cross River. Our state is in shock, Cross River is grieving because Odey’s death is a huge loss to our dear state. The pain of Odey’s demise is too heavy in my heart to bear.”