By Festus Ahon
Olorogun Jaro Egbo, KSC, was born in August 23, 1969 during the heat of the Nigerian civil war to the family of Omiregwa Moses Egbo of Abovwe Uduere in Ughelli North, Delta State. He was christened Omovudu and Ejaromedoghene by the doting father and mother while his elder brother named him Augustus.
His father was a renowned NCNC chieftain and organizer of the Zikist Movement while the mother Mrs. Erienta Egbo, who hailed from Ebor Iyede in Isoko North, was a subsistent farmer and petty trader.
In 1975, tragedy struck as young Jaro lost the father and breadwinner as he was preparing to start his primary education. In spite of this setback, the next year, 1976, Jaro proceeded to RCM primary school where he became a boy scout and class monitor.
Although Jaro sat for the Federal Government College examination and was successful, owing to lack of funds, he was unable to avail himself this opportunity and had to make do with attending Otovwodo Grammar School, Ughelli, an institution that he nevertheless ended up being proud of to this day.
While in secondary school, Jaro demonstrated his love for public service as a member of the Red Cross Society. Additionally, he was the school Poet and Debater-in-Chief, a capacity in which he won various laurels and awards till he graduated with flying colours in 1987.
Paucity of funds once again stalled his educational pursuits for a while until he was admitted to study law at the Prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
While a university student, Jaro’s leadership traits came into full display at the campus where he was at various times elected to the LAWSA House of Assembly and a Senator of the University Parliament.
Furthermore, Jaro was honoured with the prestigious title of a Senior Advocate of University of Nigeria(SAUN) by the University Bar Association in recognition of his dexterity in advocacy, whereupon he capped his eventful stay at the Enugu Campus of the University of Nigeria with a Man of the Year award by Olive Club in 1996.
From university, Jaro proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and was called to the Bar in 1999.
Having concluded his mandatory NYSC service at the Bayelsa House of Assembly, Jaro engaged in private law practice with the law firm of F.O Olokor before delving into politics.
Amongst many posts, positions and offices Jaro has held or attained, has been Legal Adviser, Ughelli Descendants Union(UDU), Secretary Ughelli Political Forum and National Secretary, Urhobo Political Forum (UPF) in 2005.
At the time in question, the UPF was the foremost political group in Delta Central, second only the Uurhobo apex socio-political organisation, the Urhobo Progress Union, (UPU).
Jaro has also served as Special Assistant to the Hon Commisioner, Govt. House and later Special Assistant to the Secretary to the State Government SSG under the administration of Chief James Onanefe Ibori.
Jaro later served as Senior Special Assistant, (NDDC Matters) to the Governor of Delta State from whence he resigned to contest for the House of Assembly in 2015.
Jaro equally served as Publicity Secretary of the SDP during the ill-fated Fourth Republic and National Organizing Secretary of the Progressive People’s Alliance PPA, the party that produced the Governor of Abia and Imo states at the time.
Jaro was also the Pioneer State Secretary of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) which gave birth to the Present ruling party, The All Progressives Congress APC.
In all of these, Jaro’s profound sense of volunteerism and public service was at full display.
Accordingly, Jaro was bestowed with the Prestigious title of Amerode of Ughelli Kingdom and Unurovie of Uduere Community by His Royal Majesty Oharisi III the Ovie of Ughelli Kingdom.
Jaro is a devout Christian and philanthropist per excellence quietly paying fees of indigent pupils and students over the years. These noble activities were recognised in the year 2016 when he was conferred with the Knight of Saint Christopher (KSC) by his Lordship, Most Reverend Dr C.O Odutemu, the Anglican Bishop of Ughelli Diocese.
A loving husband and doting father, Jaro is married to the love of his life, Lady Erhuvwu Vivian Egbo. A marriage that is blessed with four children, two boys and two girls: Tejiri, Ovie, Maro and Yoma.
Jaro’s uncommon love for his people has given vent to his influencing several developmental projects to his people and facilitating gainful employment to several persons in the public and private sectors.
It is our hope that Jaro Egbo’s enormous potential to serve and make a positive deference will be given vent to by his election to the House of Assembly come 2019.