Professor Emovon, former minister of science and technology, passes on


A former Minister of Science and Technology in Nigeria, Professor Emmanuel Emovon, is dead.

A  condolence register has been opened at his residence in Benin City

Governor Godwin Obaseki was among the people who have signed the condolence register.

In his tribute, Obaseki said the late Emovon “represented the best of Edo values and was a personification of the Edo personality.”

The Governor said the people of the state would miss an ideal statesman.

“He was a brilliant scientist and intellectual giant who served the people and our community,” Obaseki added.

He was born on February 24, 1929 in Benin Edo State to the family of Gabriel Airhihenbuwa and Oni (Imasuen) Emovon.

He attended Baptist School, Benin City, Edo College, Benin City, University College, Ibadan, University College, London University, United Kingdom

Emovon, who was a former Vice Chancellor of University of Jos, was also an in-law to the Benin Royal family as he was married to a daughter of Oba Akenzua

He was appointed minister during the Military Administration of General Ibrahim Babangida.

He served as Chairman Benin East Local Government Council, Abudu, Bendel State, Nigeria, 1976.

He was a member of the Constitution Drafting Committee of the Federal Government Nigeria, Lagos, 1977 and Police Public Relations Committee, Jos, 1982.

He was a Fellow  Nigerian Academy of Sciences (president 1981-1983), Science Association Nigeria (vice president 1972-1973), Chemistry Association of Nigeria.

He was also Member West African Science Association (treasurer 1965-1969), Chemical Society Nigeria (president 1968-1970).

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