Following the demise of Pa Okorie Okowa, father of Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday, January 28, 2021, sympathizers thronged the Owa-Alero residence of the deceased octogenarian in the Ika North East government Area on Friday, to commiserate with the first family of the state.
The sympathizers were received by the governor, his wife, Edith, and other members of the family.
Among them were the Chairman, Delta State Traditional Rulers Council and the Obi of Owa Kingdom, Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor II; members of Owa Council of Chiefs led by Chief Kenneth Okocha; Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Alli; Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) within the state, Chief Kingsley Esiso; Secretary to the state government (SSG), Mr. Chiedu Ebie and the Chief of Staff, Government House, Asaba, Chief David Edevbie.
Others were the founder of DAAR Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi; former Acting Governor of Delta, Rt. Hon. Sam Obi; the Commander, 63 Brigade, Nigeria Army, Asaba, Brig.-Gen. Abdulrahman Idris, Commissioner for higher education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare; Economic Adviser to the governor, Dr. Kingsley Emu and Delta North Chairman of PDP, Mr. Moses Iduh.
They also included the member representing Ika South Constituency in Delta House of Assembly, Mr. Festus Okoh; Chairman of SUBEB, Mr. Sunny Ogwu; Elder Emmanuel Ogidi, Dr. Festus Okubor, Chief Lawrence Osiegbu and members of Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Boji-Boji Owa led by Venerable Patrick Okoh.
Speaking to newsmen on behalf of the Owa Council of Chiefs, the Okiroro of Owa, Justice Sylvester Ehiwario (retd.), said that because the Ojenyagbe of Owa Kingdom, late Pa Okowa was one of them.
According to him, members of the Owa Council of Chiefs and the entire people of Owa Kingdom, as well as the Ika nation, will miss him a great deal.
“He was an educational adviser. By dint of his age, he had seen a lot of things, so we relied on him for advice so much.
“He is also, the ‘Okparan’ of his village (Idumuebor) and a knight in the Anglican church. So, he has so many things that he has packed into his life. Above all, he produced the governor of the state which isn’t an easy task.
“We are grateful to God for his life; we’ll miss him a great deal for not only was he an elderly man, but he was also a lively elderly man.
“Everybody, especially the Obi of Owa Kingdom, will miss his advice and his support,” Ehiwario added.
On his part, Chairman of PDP, Esiso, who described the late octogenarian as a “father figure to all”, disclosed that his demise was a really sad one “in that we are getting to miss his fatherly advice”.
He, however, urged the governor and his siblings to take solace in the fact that their father lived a memorable life, rewarding and impactful.
On the condolence register, Chief Dokpesi wrote: “the passage to the great glory of our father, Arthur Okorie Okowa, came as a shock, but we take consolation in the fact that he lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation.
“He is completely fulfilled. I pray that God grants the entire family, Delta State and indeed all Nigerians, the fortitude in touch the loss.