Northern Governors Forum has commiserated with the people of Auchi Kingdom, Government and people of Edo State and the Nigerian media industry over the demise of Prince Tony Momoh who passed on at the age of 81.

In a statement signed by Simon Macham the director of press and public affairs to the  Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, said the death of Prince Tony Momoh is a great loss to the nation considering the impact he made in various aspects of Nigeria’s polity.

tony momoh nigpilotLalong said Prince Momoh was a man of many parts who started as a teacher before making his mark as one of Nigeria’s versatile journalist, administrator, politician and lawyer.

He said the former Minister of Information and Culture was a giant in the Nigerian Media industry and played a great role in promoting freedom of the press as well as the opening up the media space which eventually culminated in deregulation that saw the emergence of many media outlets.

Governor Lalong also described him as a political strategist and mobilizer who at various times coalesced with politicians from across the country to push for improvement in the political process and governance in general. His emergence as the Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the role he played in the subsequent formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) according to the Governor accords him a special place in Nigerian’s political history.

Lalong also commended his leadership and achievements as Pro-Chancellor & Chairman of Council, the University of Jos where he led a leap in the academic performance and general development of the institution which is now a leading University in Nigeria and Africa.

While praying God to grant his soul eternal rest, Governor Lalong asked his family to be consoled with his testimony of honesty, hard work and patriotism.


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