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The Lagos State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Ray Ugochukwu, a distinguished figure in the maritime industry. Ray Ugochukwu succumbed to an undisclosed illness on May 31, 2023.
The Chairman of the Union, Adeleye Ajayi, issued a statement earlier today conveying their condolences.
Prior to his demise, Ray Ugochukwu held notable positions within the journalism community. He served as the former President of the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN), the President of the Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN), and also served as the Chairman of the Daily Times Chapel of NUJ.
According to the statement, “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.
“He 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 legacies of Ray are indelible and will exist forever.
“May God grant his soul eternal rest.”