Former Assistant General Manager, Public Relations of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Rev. Sam Opesanwo, is dead.
In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by Mrs. Ore-Oluwa Adeeko (Nee Opesanwo) the deceased died at the age of 73.
The deceased Opesanwo was born on January 21,1940, in Ijebu-Igbo in Ogun State.
He lost his father at a very tender age and subsequently relocated with other members of the family to Lagos where he subsequently attended the famous CMS Grammar School Bariga, Lagos.
On the completion of his Secondary School education he worked briefly with the Ministry of External Affairs before joining the services of the NPA in 1955.
A man with a vision for excellence, he enrolled at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) where he trained as a Journalist and honed his skills in Public Relations practice to enhance his official duties at the NPA.
Snazzy, urbane and ebullient, the late Opesanwo’s tenure as image maker of the NPA witnessed an unprecedented era in the Authority’s corporate relations with its various publics before his retirement in 1995.
He will be remembered as one of the lead supporters of the establishment of a specialist corps of maritime journalists and in this capacity contributed immensely to the growth and development of the oldest and pre-eminent grouping of accredited journalists in the maritime sector, the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN).
He is survived by his wife, Mrs Olayinka Opesanwo, and three children, amongst whom are Mr. Adedamola Opesanwo and Barrister (Mrs.) Aramide Edwards.
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