A veteran Journalist, Elder Nnamso Umoren who served the Nigeria and Akwa Ibom State in different capacities has finally given up the ghost.
According to a release endorsed by Umoren Nnamnso Umoren, son of the deceased and made available to Century Newsfront described the departure as unquantifiable loss added the their late father had served many governors as speechwriter and died at the age of 68, “It is with a deep sense of unquantifiable loss that we, the family of Elder Nnamnso Umoren, announce his passage to eternity on November 14, 2020. The late Elder Umoren was a distinguished journalist, speechwriter to several governors and a life coach. Born in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, he went home to be with Jesus at the age of 68 after a bout of sickness”.
Umoren Nnamnso Umoren chronicled the life of their late father thus, “the late Elder Umoren trained and practised as a journalist beginning from the Nigerian Chronicle in Calabar, before joining the defunct Concord newspaper as editor of the Community Concord in Cross River and later, Akwa Ibom State. He was also a staff of the African Concord magazine. Umoren was a senior member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists and was the Chairman of the Union in Akwa Ibom State. A member of several professional associations including the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, Elder Umoren later joined the Akwa Ibom State Civil Service and served in the following capacities: Editor, Pioneer Newspaper; Chief Press Secretary to the First Civilian Governor of Akwa Ibom State; Director of Press Affairs/Speech Writer to several Military Governors of the State; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information; Pioneer Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Tourism; Permanent Secretary, Political and Legislative Affairs Bureau”.
“In addition to attending the Polytechnic Calabar where he studied Mass Communication, Elder Umoren also did a degree programme in Communication Arts at the University of Uyo. He attended several professional courses and trainings in the United States of America, Israel, United Kingdom, and some African countries. In his later years, he operated as the Chief Executive Officer of Talent Business School. Elder Umoren’s inspirational autobiography, which he completed before his demise, chronicles his rise from grass to grace in stirring prose and brutal candor. It is set for release as part of his obsequies. This book does not only leave his footprints in the sands of time; it serves as a compass pointing co-travelers in the journey of life to the path they ought to take”.
According the family source, the burial which is fixed for Friday March 5, 2021, invites all to attend the funeral and pay their last respects to the departed as all government-stipulated COVID-19 regulations will be observed, “While the burial is scheduled for Friday March 5, 2021, opening of the Mourning House will be on Monday March 1, 2021 while Visitation by Individuals and Groups takes place Tuesday, March 2, 2021. The release of the book is scheduled for the Tribute Night which will hold on Wednesday March 3, 2021 at 4:00pm. The late veteran journalists will Lie-In-State at the NUJ Press Centre, Uyo on Friday March 5, 2021 by 7:00am. The family invites colleagues, friends, sympathizers and well-wishers to attend the funeral and pay their last respects to the late Elder Umoren. Please note that all government-stipulated COVID-19 regulations will be observed”.