A veteran journalist former Information Minister, Prince Tony Momoh, is dead. He was 81.
Sources close to the deceased told WESTERN POST that the statesman died on Monday at his residence in Abuja, though details were sketchy last night.
At the political level, Momoh was Chairman of Congress for Progressive Change which merged with the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, and a faction of All Peoples Grand Alliance to form the All Progressives Congress.
Momoh was appointed Minister of Information and Culture by General Ibrahim Babangida, holding this position from September 1986 until 1990.
He was also Editor of the Daily Times in those glorious days of the newspaper.
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, and between 1986 and 1990 was the Minister of Information and Culture of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He also served as Chairman of the Board of Nigeria Airways and is a member of the Nigerian Press Council. Prince Tony Momoh has been 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”.