By Jon Egie:

Thanksgiving Sevice

It was a festive mood, Sunday, March 17, in Orogun town when the children of late Chief Lagos Eko Ovbije celebrated the 13th year anniversary of the demise of their father.

Politicians across Delta State, businessmen, legal icons, friends and well wishers of the Ovbijes among who were: Hon Edoja Akpodiete (member representing Ughelli 11, in the DTHA), gospel musician, Mr Quincy Tebite of the Tissio-Tissio band; Chief Jom Akpore, Chief Peter Wanogho, Chief Faith Majemite (SA to Gov Uduaghan on mobilization), Dr Chris Oharisi graced the occasion.

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The occasion which started with a thanksgiving service at the Gods Grace Ministry Church, Orogun also recorded the presence of children and members of the family of Ovbije led by Chief Pius Odioko Ovbije, the eldest son of late Chief Lagos Eko Ovbije and trailed by his siblings.

Late Chief Lagos Eko Ovbije

The post thanksgiving reception that held at the residence of late Chief Lagos Eko Ovbije in Orogun was treated to live gospel music supplied by Comrade Evangelist Henry Ofogbor alias Nobosobodo as guests were sumptuously fed and wined.

In an interview, Chief Pius Odioko Ovbije said the children of the late Chief Lagos Eko Ovbije agreed to celebrate the 13th year anniversary on March17, 2013 because as at when their father died, 18 of the children were still in the university as undergraduates.

“But now they have graduated and are well placed in the society so they agreed to the celebration of the 13th year anniversary.

“We thank God for the lives of the children he left behind and also for the entrepreneurial training he gave to us which has made the children to excel in their various fields of endeavour”.

Children of Late Chief Lagos Eko Ovbije

Explaining why the occasion almost turned a political rally of sort, Chief Pius Odioko Ovbije said the Ovbijes are a force to reckon with politically in Ughelli North and Delta State at large and hence the large turn out of politicians to the occasion.

He however noted that all the children are self made by reason of the entrepreneurial training given to them by their late father and not really by political gains.

On how he was able to manage his siblings to their recorded level of success in life, Chief Pius Ovbije informed that his late father had eight wives and was blessed with 33 children “but before he died he brought every body under one central command and that is why there is need to celebrate him because he gave us the best in his life time”.

Chief Pius Odioko Ovbije popularly called POC is a business mogul who ventured into politics in 200222, had a stint in the 2007 political year and has risen to the status of a leader and chieftain of the PDP in Ughelli North LGA.

Siblings of Chief Pius Odioko Ovbije

He said he has resolved not to contest for any political office again in Nigeria, at least for now, but will give his support, in the 2015 governorship election in Delta State, to a candidate from the Delta North axis.

He argued that the Delta Central has gotten eight uninterrupted years as governor of Delta State in the person of Chief James Ibori just as Delta South is nearing the completion of its two uninterrupted tenures in the office of the governor by Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan “and ideally, as people from one State it is only proper for Delta North to have its shot at the governorship seat in 2015”.

He advised Urhobo people to give their support to any body from Delta North who they feel is capable of ruling the State for the next eight years after Uduaghan, assuring that he will mobilize his political network for such a candidate.

POC advised parents to try as much as possible, no matter the financial situation, to educate their children. “They should not write off their wards at the tender age no matter how stubborn they are because with education they will have no problem in life and the parents will be hopeful of the celebration of their lives when they have departed.

Of the 33 children of late Chief Lagos Eko Ovbije, seven have been lost and 23 are graduates.