One of Nigeria’s most respected maritime journalists and former President of Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria (MARAN), Mr. Ray Ugochukwu has passed on.
According to a statement credited to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Ray Ugochukwu was confirmed dead earlier today.
The news comes with great shock to the journalists in the maritime sector as well as the entire industry stakeholders who hold fond memories of Mr. Ugochukwu.
Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Lagos State, Mr. Leye Ajayi revealed this in a statement disseminated today.
“With heavy hearts, we mourn the death of a media giant, a versatile Unionist and a brilliant journalist, Mr Ray Ugochukwu who passed on on Thursday.”
“The death of Ray came as a big shock to the union. We are going to miss his courageous attributes and mentorship,” the NUJ statement read.
Mr. Ugochukwu was also one of the pillars of the Lagos Council of NUJ and served the union meritoriously in his capacities as the Chairman, Seminar Committee; and as a Member, Committee on Milestone Recognition of Media Icons In Nigeria.
“He spent most of his lifetime in ensuring the advancement of Maritime Reporting as well as welfare of Journalists.”
“He worked in several media houses. Among his giant strides, he was a former President of the Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria (MARAN); President, Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN); and a former Chairman of the Daily Times Chapel of NUJ,” the union said.