An elder statesman and former Minister of Power and Steel during the second republic, Wantaregh Paul Unongo, is dead at the age of 87.
Although details regarding his death is still sketchy as no formal statement has been released by his family, a family source who was not authorised to speak on the development confirmed the passing of the octogenarian.
He revealed that the former minister died on Tuesday after a short illness.
“Yes Wantaregh Paul Unongo died today Tuesday but I cannot say more than that because I am not authorised to do so. But our family will issue a formal statement on the development,” the source said.
Unongo was born on September 26, 1935 in Turan, Kwande Local Government Area of Benue state.
He was the pioneer Secretary General of the defunct Nigerian People’s Party, NPP, and an ally of the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. He was also the Convener and former Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, NEF.
Until the time of his death, he served as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, NERDC.