By Dennis Otu
It was a beautiful day and the sun was at its best in Africa hitting the entire landscape magnificently.
The sunray on that day was really awesome, while birds and other wonderful creatures sang beautifully, unknown to many that something great was about to happen that fateful day sometime in June some years ago.
Suddenly, jubilation rented the air as the good news on the birth of a Bouncing Baby Boy was broken and immediately spread like wild fire.
The then BBB is Sheriff Oborevwori, now the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, whose life has brought joy to so many people.
Honourable (Chief) Sheriff F. O. Oborevwori, (JP), FICMC, was born to the highly respected family of Chief Samuel and Mrs. Esther Oborevwori of Osubi Town in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria and is the first son of the family.
He had his early education at Alegbo Primary School, Effurun, from where he proceeded to Aladja Grammar School, Aladja and later Oghareki Grammar School, Oghareki for his secondary education.
The Speaker attended Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma for a full time programme, where he graduated with B.Sc. Second Class (Hons) Upper Division in Political Science and later pursued his post graduate education at the Delta State University, Abraka, where he obtained a Master’s degree in Political Science.
By virtue of the high regard and confidence he commands in his community, he became the pioneer Chairman of the Osubi Community.
Following his developmental strides in Osubi Community and his contributions to peace and security in the community and Okpe kingdom in general, His Royal Majesty, Orhoro 1, Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, conferred on him the Chieftaincy title, UKODO of Okpe Kingdom.
In 1996, his people elected him as Councilor and was subsequently appointed the Supervisory Councilor for Works in Okpe Local Government Council.
He was elected member of the Delta State House of Assembly in 2015 to represent the Okpe State Constituency.
Sheriff Oborevwori was elected Speaker of the Sixth Assembly of the Delta State House of Assembly, reelected to the House for a second term in 2019 and unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Seventh Assembly.
By returning him as Speaker of the Seventh Assembly, he created a record of becoming the first member to be so elected as Speaker in his second term in the history of the Delta State House of Assembly.
Having been working with him since 2017 when he became Speaker, I have seen in Oborevwori a man with uncommon passion for his job, a leader determined to move the House in the right direction, a team leader who works round the clock.
The Speaker can best be described as a workaholic and a man with eyes for details who has brought stability to the State Assemby, with far reaching benefits to our dear state.
Sheriff Oborevwori is a man with the milk of kindness flowing through his veins and is widely known for his generosity.
On Friday, May 4, 2018, he presented cars, buses, tricycles, sewing machines, among others, to his constituents at an elaborate Empowerment Programme held at the Trade Fair Complex, Osubi, with the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, in attendance.
In September, 2018, the Sheriff Oborevwori Foundation kicked off a Scholarship Scheme, under the headship of a renowned, Chief (Mrs) Esther Onokpasa, with an initial sum of Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000.00).
Eighty percent of the scheme is reserved for indigenes of Okpe Local Government Area and twenty percent for non indigenes.
I join other Deltans to wish Honourable Sheriff Oborevwori; a respected community leader of one of the most organized communities in Delta State, a disciplinarian, a core family man, a devout Christian, a modest achiever, a bridge builder, a transparent and prudent leader, who celebrated his birthday on June 19, a happy birthday and pray that God continues to guide, protect and give him more strength and wisdom to carry on.
Congratulations, my boss !
DENNIS OTU IS THE CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY TO THE SPEAKER, DTHA