Wednesday, September 14, 2011

How Brume, Otobo pass on

From Chido Okafor (Warri) and Obire Onakemu (Lagos)

MORE details emerged yesterday on the death of two Delta State's politicians Senator Fred Ayo Aghogho Brume and Chief James Ekpre Otobo.

How Brume, Otobo pass on


Brume was the first Chief Executive Officer of Delta Steel Company (DSC) and Otobo was Deputy Premier in the defunct Mid-Western Region.

Their death  came on the heels of the passing on of Second Republic Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Chief Patrick Bolokor and consummate communicator and newspaper columnist, Dr. Richard Tosanwumi.

Brume died on September 12, 2011  during  a brief illness. A family source said yesterday  that  he  died of heart-related complications at about 1p.m.

It was learnt that Otobo passed  on at St. Mary Hospital in London on  September 11, 2011, at about 8 a.m.

Confirming his death on behalf of the Otobo's family,  Gay Otobo said  the First Republic politician passed on in a London hospital where he was taken for treatment.

Brume was born into the family of Ubogo and Egini in Udu Local Government Area, Delta State on September 25, 1942.

He started his formal education at C.M.S. School, Egini, from 1948 to 1951 and African School, Warri, 1951 to 1954  where he completed his primary education brilliantly by scoring "A" at the First School Leaving Certificate Examination in 1954.

Immediately after the primary education, he passed a very competitive entrance examination into Government College, Ughelli, in 1955 and he was awarded  a government scholarship.

He maintained the status of government scholar throughout the secondary education from 1955 to 1962, securing Division I pass in the West African School Certificate Examinations of 1960 with the best result in his class, and continued on a scholarship to the Higher School

Certificate  where he studied  pure mathematics, applied mathematics, physics and chemistry.

In March, 1962, he was awarded an African-American scholarship  for university education in the United States where he was admitted to the University of Maine in Orono, Maine, to study chemical engineering.  He graduated in 1965 at the top of his class with B.Sc (first class honours) in chemical engineering.

Otobo, leader of the Isoko people, was born on August 24, 1925 in Uzere, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State. Otobo was one of the delegates  to  the London constitutional conference leading to Nigeria's independence.

He was former deputy premier in the defunct Mid-Western Region between 1955 and 1956.

Otobo had his secondary education at Government College, Ibadan, before proceeding in 1945 to the Veterinary Research Institute, Vom,

near Jos, for a  programme .  He later obtained a degree from London .

He was a member of the Western House of Assembly, 1951 to 1953. He was Junior Minister in the Ministry of Development and Economic Planning, Western Region in 1969. He was also Minister, Mid-West Affair, Western Region, 1960 to 1963.

He was General Secretary, Mid-West State Movement, Deputy Administrator and Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development in the interim administration council that prepared for the first Mid-West Region budget.