Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly and Deputy National Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, has expressed sadness over the sudden demise of Chief Johnson Barovbe.
He described the late Chief Barovbe as an iconic figure in Urhoboland, saying his demise was a very painful one.
In a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Dennis Otu, the Speaker lamented that the death of the leader of thought, scholar and philanthropist has created a void in the Urhobo nation, which is in dire need of wisdom, integrity, courage and sound reasoning, which were qualities that the late Chief Barovbe typified and exemplified.
“The passing of this great son of Urhobo at this time of our history is a difficult one for us. As a renowned educationist, his footprints will stand the test of time with his prestigious Westminster College, Lagos.
“His demise is not only a loss to his immediate family, but the Urhobo nation in particular and Delta State in general. We will surely miss his wise counsel,” Rt Hon Oborevwori lamented.
The death of Chief Barovbe, who was also the proprietor of the prestigious Westminster College Lagos, emerged on Monday.
He was the owner of the triple title of Tosogbe of Badagry, Okunna of Agbon Kingdom and Ahwotu (crowd puller) of Urhobo Kingdom.
An astute businessman, educationist and philanthropist, Barovbe was the Chairman, Board of Trustees of Urhobo Social Club, a foremost Urhobo club, based in Lagos.
Born January 16, 1940, Chief Johnson Barovbe attended Catholic Primary School, Ovu Inland, Ethiope Local Government Area (LGA) of Delta State, 1952-1957.
He also attended Catholic Secondary Modern School, Okpara Inland between 1958 and 1960 for his primary and secondary school education and later went to the then Provincial Teachers Training College, Warri, now College of Education, Edjeba, Warri.
The deceased, thereafter, proceeded to Middlesex University, London and University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK, for his undergraduate.
He was awarded Federal Government of Nigeria Postgraduate Scholarship Award to study at the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK, for his postgraduate studies.
Chief Barovbe worked as Deputy General Manager, Transcap Ltd., 1980-89; General Manager, Dumex Industrial Nigeria Limited, 1989-95, CICA Nigeria Limited, 1996-98 and Managing Director Modika Property Development Company.