CHIEF Whip of the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, in the Second Republic House of Representatives, (1979-1983), High Chief Tom Ubiokpo Bluf Egbuwoku, has passed on, aged 78. Egbuwoku was the Okpure and Iyasere of Emede Kingdom and the Ologobosere of Egoro land. He went to be with the Lord on July 30.
The High Chief was born on 1, 1938 and was influenced by the happy life of his father Mr Egbuwoku Ogor, a farmer and trader from Emede Isoko LGA and also his mother Madam Umukoko Egbuwoku, also from Emede. They had 4 children.
He started primary school at CMS Emede, where he received his first school leaving certificate in 1956 and also went to CMS Bomadi. In 1964 he entered the prestigious University of Ibadan and eventually obtained a BSc Economics in 1967.
Amongst some of his accomplishments were:
Collector at Board of Customs Lagos – 1966-68
Chief Economist Central Bank of Nigeria 1967-1975.
Group G.M. Tuoyo/Marine Factors and later Group MD/Chairman of Tombiz Group Of Companies 1975-2001.
Member of the House of Representatives 1979-1983
Chief Whip, House of Representatives under the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) 1979-1983.
Amongst other legislative duties, he was in Defense committee.
Chairman Commonwealth Parliamentary Association 1979 – 1983 with head quarters in Lusaka Zambia. When the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was formed, he was commissioned to lead a team of other prominent politicians in Delta state for the setting up of structures for PDP in the state, which successfully led to the eventual establishment and victory of PDP in the state.
He also served as a Federal Commissioner for the National Assembly Service Commision in Abuja, representing Niger-Delta 2001-2006. He was happily married to Dr. Mrs. Emily Eniwo Egbuwoku and they are blessed with 8 children – Uzezi, Mazino, Evi, Kovie, Efe, Eru, Arure and Keno. They are also blessed with 15 grandchildren.
He has served in various leadership capacities for the development of the Isoko nation and was a beloved elder statesman. High Chief Egbuwoku was above all a philanthropist with a very large heart. He died after a brief illness at St. Nicholas Hospital Lagos. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the family.