The Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has expressed regrets at the death of former presidential spokeswoman, Oluremi Oyo, stating that she left indelible footprints in the history of Nigeria.
In a statement by Felix Ofou, his Press Secretary, the governor said the late Oyo will be remembered for her pioneering role as a journalist, editor, media manager, community leader and ultimately as spokeswoman of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Dr. Uduaghan pointed out that she excelled in various roles assigned to her as a thorough bred professional, culminating in being elected the first female president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, a position used in providing responsible leadership for journalists in the country.
He recalled: “The highpoint of her career was being elected president of the guild (NGE), a position she used in galvanising journalists for purposeful leadership role in the country. It is not in doubt that it was on account of excellent performance that endeared her to former President Obasanjo and the subsequent appointment as his media adviser.”
Governor Uduaghan further noted that it was on account of distinguished performance that the former NGE president was subsequently appointed the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria after her tenure as spokeswoman to the former president.
He particularly applauded the simplicity, poise and humility with which she executed tasks assigned to her, ensuring that the media remained a pillar that could not be ignored in the country’s nascent democratic experiment.
He added: “Irrespective of which political divide you belong, one fact that was visible to all was her determination to make the media relevant and sustain it as an important pillar of democracy. That is why I regret that she would not be around to contribute her quota in the transition to the 2015 general elections.”
Governor Uduaghan asked God to grant the deceased family, the NGE, NAN and the media the fortitude to bear the loss and exit of a quintessential Amazon like Oyo.