ForeverMissed
Chief Dr. Stephen O. Akpotu parents were Mr Akpotu Egre and Mrs Odariero Akpotu (nee) Aghagha, both of Ukoli quarter, Olomoro, Isoko South Local Gov. Area, Delta State.
Posted by Joshua Panama on June 9, 2021
According to Robert L. Backman," father is the noblest title a man can be given. It is more than a biological role. It signifies a patriarch a leader an exemplar, a confidant a teacher a hero, a friend. Time will fail me to talk about ur amazing and spectacular qualities,you were a father indeed and a special one. Sir memories of you will never be discarded form our heart and will forever be cherished . We love you sir,rest on in the bosom of the Lord.
Posted by Ufuoma President STEPHEN on June 8, 2021
Pst Festus Ovie Ozoro.

Dr Chief S.O Akpotu was a true father and a rare leader,a man of great wisdom and understanding, a man of Peace and progress, a political icon, your departure is a great lost to the entire nation,most especially to the people of Isoko land.
May the Lord grant the Akpotu's Family and Isoko nation the heart and courage to bear your departure. May your soul rest in Peace, Amen.
Posted by Benjamin Oruowho on June 7, 2021
What a lost and a great lost to Delta State & Isoko Nation.

The frontline during Delta State creation.
The man who strongly believed in Isoko Nation unity.
The Isoko Dictionary of parables, proverbs & Idioms.
The man Isoko Nation learnt alot of parables and proverbs from.
The Grand Patron of Isoko Development Union (IDU).
The great man of wisdom.
The peace maker of Olomoro great kingdom.
The Clan - Otata of Olomoro great kingdom.
The Agbadede 1 of Olomoro great kingdom.

An INSTITUTION & AUTHORITY on traditional matters.

Senior High Chief Dr. S. O. Akpotu JP

Good night the legend and the great Icon.

From Engr. Odio Benjamin Oruowho, COREN, NSE, SPE, NIMECHE, MNISafetyEngr, APBN, IAENG, NIIT, NIM, IPE
Posted by Efe Panama on June 6, 2021
Chief Dr S O Akpotu is one of the great men in Isoko and Delta State I grew up to know, he is a leader a man of great honor, his carriage and wisdom is one thing I cherish most, men like him in his generation were few, his imprint in Isoko land cannot be erase....his death is a great lost of a hero, a leader and an icon. May his soul rest in peace.
Posted by Onoriode Ezire on June 4, 2021
Our very Dear Father Chief S.O Akpotu, words are not enough to describe who you were to many. You were and are an example of determination, resilient, purpose driven, visionary, a leader per excellent and faith driven. I still remember when i was young and in Olomoro attending same church with you. You never fail to attend church services every Sunday. You use the God given resources with you to do the work of God and help people around you. A super intelligent person with a strong oratory power, cool, calm, and collected. You were a father to all. The shoes you left behind will be difficult to fill. May God comfort your immediate family, Olomoro Community, Isoko nation and Delta state at large. May your soul rest in peace.

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Posted by Joshua Panama on June 9, 2021
According to Robert L. Backman," father is the noblest title a man can be given. It is more than a biological role. It signifies a patriarch a leader an exemplar, a confidant a teacher a hero, a friend. Time will fail me to talk about ur amazing and spectacular qualities,you were a father indeed and a special one. Sir memories of you will never be discarded form our heart and will forever be cherished . We love you sir,rest on in the bosom of the Lord.
Posted by Ufuoma President STEPHEN on June 8, 2021
Pst Festus Ovie Ozoro.

Dr Chief S.O Akpotu was a true father and a rare leader,a man of great wisdom and understanding, a man of Peace and progress, a political icon, your departure is a great lost to the entire nation,most especially to the people of Isoko land.
May the Lord grant the Akpotu's Family and Isoko nation the heart and courage to bear your departure. May your soul rest in Peace, Amen.
Posted by Benjamin Oruowho on June 7, 2021
What a lost and a great lost to Delta State & Isoko Nation.

The frontline during Delta State creation.
The man who strongly believed in Isoko Nation unity.
The Isoko Dictionary of parables, proverbs & Idioms.
The man Isoko Nation learnt alot of parables and proverbs from.
The Grand Patron of Isoko Development Union (IDU).
The great man of wisdom.
The peace maker of Olomoro great kingdom.
The Clan - Otata of Olomoro great kingdom.
The Agbadede 1 of Olomoro great kingdom.

An INSTITUTION & AUTHORITY on traditional matters.

Senior High Chief Dr. S. O. Akpotu JP

Good night the legend and the great Icon.

From Engr. Odio Benjamin Oruowho, COREN, NSE, SPE, NIMECHE, MNISafetyEngr, APBN, IAENG, NIIT, NIM, IPE
his Life

ELEMENTRY SCHOOL

In 1944 Chief Dr. Stephen Akpotu moved to Uzere community in Isoko South LGA after the death of his father to live with his uncle, Mr. Eboh Oseha. He started his infant 1 & 2, standard 1-3 in the L. A. Primary school and came back to Olomoro in 1946 where he completed his standard 4 & 5 in Roman Catholic school. Because the Roman Catholic school did not have standard six, He moved to Isoko Central School (I.C.S) Oleh, Isoko South LGA where he completed his Standard six. After the completion of his standard six, as a result of lack of tangible business in Isoko land at that time, He traveled to Port Harcourt in 1952 to meet and stay with his uncle, Mr. Daniel Ikuta Odoh, who was working in Inland Water ways as a river Master. He took this decision because he did not want to become a teacher which was the only lucrative job available for those who were able to complete their standard six. The only opportunity available to these category of people was to be automatically enlisted by the missionaries.

Chief Dr. Stephen Akpotu thereafter travelled to Uyo in Akwa-Ibom State where he met an Urhobo man by name Johnson Ogboru, from Abraka. He was an Architect in the federal ministry of works. This man took Chief Dr. Stephen Akpotu in, taught him how to draw and read building plans for about three years and there after became a registered draughtsman and worked with the eastern regional development corporation until 1957 when he resigned.

Chief Dr. Stephen Akpotu came back home, registered as a contractor and continued with what he knew how to do best; drawing of building plans and executing building contracts. His first such contract was from a man called Ukereghe of Igbide, who gave him the contract of his building; a bungalow of six rooms and a parlour. Although this contract was so cheap that he could not complete the building with the contract prize, and had to add his own money, but he was thankful to God that this contract was able to keep me in town until 1962 when Shell BP came to Olomoro. When Shell BP came to Olomoro, he registered with them as a contractor until this man (Mr Ukeregbe) died. He was like a father to Chief Dr. Stephen Akpotu. It was him that God used to hold Chief Dr. Stephen Akpotu down waiting for the fulfillment of his destiny.

PRESIDENT GENERAL OF OLOMORO KINDGDOM

Olomoro town as we all know it today was founded by three people who were associated with a common ancestral link. They migrated to this part of the country from Olomu and founded Olomoro. Akera founded Uruabe quarter, Obuefo founded Ukoli quarter and Omoro founded Egbo quarter. These three founding fathers of our great kingdom lived and worked together peacefully. Their children did the same for many years and there had been peace until Satan brought quarrel into our midst in the name of Odiologbo title tussle. So between 1960 to 1968, there was disunity in Olomoro kingdom as a result of the bid to establish the title of Odiologbo of Olomoro. This was when chief Udiugu of Uruabe was recognized as Odiologbo instead of chief Owhe of Egbo. There arose a civil disobedience and the Egbo quarter virtually pulled out of all public engagement undertaken by the town as a whole. Some meetings were still being organized during this period but they were short lived with little or no successful achievements. There was total disunity and the three quarters in Olomoro where more or less independent with no cohesion at the centre as a united community. Frankly speaking, during this period Olomoro literally existed in name.

Being so much disturbed about the deplorable state of the town and the enmity towards each other, Chief Dr. S.O. Akpotu decided to begin making consultation with the youths which was the most probable way to bring the town back to its glory. So, one evening in his house, the few  who were gathered decided to form a youth movement. Seeing the determination and enthusiasm, many of the youth began to join. The youth movement grew and it started to enroll members with Six Pence per member. This was done from 1968 - 1969. Various enlightenment campaigns were made, the gospel of unity preached and even the hardest hearts became gradually softened. Various age groups both at home and abroad began to have sympathy for the youth movement, which became the general picture then. Considering the encouragement gotten from both home and abroad, they decided to organize and call the first successful general conference of Olomoro citizens within that decade, on the 23rd of August 1969, under the auspices of the Olomoro youth association. It was in this youth conference that the quarrel in the community was resolved and the town came back to normalcy. This conference could best be described as the foundation on which the conglomeration of the three quarters to make the present day Olomoro community was built. Among other things, this conference achieved the following:

  • organized and implemented the first common collection by Olomoro people after many years of disunity.
  • Donation: The first organized donation was done in order to raise enough money to complete the dispensary which we started years back. We called for an impromptu donation at the conference and realized about £379 (758 naira)
  • like earlier said, it was in this conference the Odiologbo dispute was resolved and unity came back to Olomoro.
Though Chief Dr. S.O. Akpotu presided over the conference, He never had the premonition of becoming the president general of the community, but after seeing the way the conference was conducted and the agreement by all to return peace in the community, the whole crowd unanimously chorused Chief Dr. S.O. Akpotu's name as the worthy president of the community. Other 26 people were added to make up the executive amongst who were:

  • Mr. A. A. Akpovino (1st vice chairman)
  • Mr. I. A. Onoita (2nd vice chairman)
  • Mr. E. A. Ewofere (general secretary)
  • Mr. D. U. Edewhor (financial secretary)
  • Mr. T. O. B. Ogagorojor (treasurer) and others.
It was on this basis Chief Dr. S.O. Akpotu accepted the mantle of leadership from the crowded conference and pledged as follows:

  • To defend the Constitution of Olomoro community faithfully
  • To uphold her Honor and Glory
  • To guide her unity jealously
  • To plan and execute her development judiciously
So help me God.

In the 10 years he occupied the position, by the grace of God, Chief Dr. S.O. Akpotu was able to fulfill the pledge he made.

ACHIEVEMENTS

The executives set out to achieve the objectives as was pledged before the crowd, and Chief Dr. S.O. Akpotu glad that with the unflinching cooperation from many, the able assistance of the members of the executive c wasommittee, even on the face of great provocation and turbulence, He was proud to be associated with this achievement which have made Olomoro assume an enviable position in the community of Clans in the whole of the then Bendel state. Below are some of the major achievements.

  • Dressing Station: They were able to construct a Dressing Station with staff quarters costing about 3000.00 naira for which we received £40 or 80 naira from the state government.
  • Olomoro/Oleh Road: They were able to tie a 43/4 Mile Road from Okpe Village to Egbo quarter embarked upon at the cost of 30,000.00 naira for which the state government gave a grant of 2000.00 naira.
  • Emede Road: They filled this road with Sand to make it motorable. For this the state government gave us a grant of 500.00 naira.
  • Mixed Grammar School: For an easy and speedy education of our children, the town was able to build a mixed Grammar School estimated at over 100,000.00 naira.
  • Loan scholarships: In pursuance of their objective to help and educate their sons and Daughters, the union gave loans to:
  • Bylaws: During his tenure, a number of bylaws aimed at reducing litigations and excessive bride price were made, and people enjoyed a period of peace and progress.
  • Mr. Ekwerigbe's Murder case: His committee, with the support of the whole town fought hard to have Mr. EKwerigbe Ikelegbe's murderer tried and executed.
  • Master Edorinsi's murder case: A committee tracked down the owner of the taxi whose driver killed this young boy and dumped his corpse in a bush near Emevor and adequate compensation was paid to his people after due negotiation with the police at Ughelli.
  • Bank deposit: For the first time ever, Olomoro Town started an annual Levy system and opened a deposit account in a bank operated under modern banking regulation.
  • Written constitution: Under my leadership, a written constitution setting out the rules of this Union was made available to every Olomoro citizen.
  • Branches of the Union: The unity achieved at home grew far and wide, and the original three branches which attended the first conference in 1969 increased to about 30 in 1979. During my tenure inOffice, Olomoro people all over the country became more aware of their unity and civic responsibilities to their native land.
  • Launching of development fund: Under my leadership, the Olomoro community lunched development project three times:
  • Government development projects: Chief Dr. S.O. Akpotu was happy to point out that his era of leadership also witnessed an unprecedented growth of government amenities. Notable among them are:
  • Miss Owolemu to complete her teacher training course.
  • Mr. Emmanuel Esheke to enable him enter The University of Ibadan to pursue a degree course in medicine.
  • 23/ 8/ 69 realized about $ 379
  • 1/ 9/ 73 realized about 6008.00 naira
  • 25/ 4/ 78 realized thisabout 42,512.05 naira
  • Idhawae Road: It was in his era that this road, Oleh-Emede-Olomoro-Iyede was constructed. Before this time, carsdrive from Oleh to Olomoro and to Iyede.
  • Electricity supply: It was also in his era that the government undertook the wiring of the town, and the Power House built at Igbide began to supply light to Olomoro and Evhwe.
  • Modern market: In compliance with the wishes of our people, the Isoko local government Council built for them 88 modern market stalls 30,000.00 naira.
  • Resident house: The Isoko local government Council also started the building of the resident house at Olomoro. They all knew that the former Expatriate, D.OS. lived in residence house in Olomoro. following this age long practice, they persuaded the council to build us a modern resident house which was completed a long time ago.
  • Water supply: It was also in my administration that water was extended from Igbide to Olomoro.
  • Enhwe-Olomoro Road: Chief Dr. S.O. Akpotu was proud to say that it was during his administration that the town decided and opened up a new Road to Enhwe. this road, happily enough, local government Council heeded our appeal and reconstructed it to make it motorable. This makes it possible for people to travel from Olomoro to Enhwe buy vehicles even in the raining season which was not so before then.
  • Olomoro-Emede Road: In response to an appeal the council built a modern Bridge on this road and made it motorable for the very first time ever.
  • Olomoro-Igbide Road: This road has been the traditional route from Olomoro to the riverine area. The horrible state of this road cannot be overemphasized. He remembered how men and women were compelled to wade through two large water courses. Following the appeal his administration made to the local government Council, this road was now constructed and made it motorable.
  • Cash Grants: As have already mentioned, the Bendel state government made grants totaling about 2,480.00 Naira to Olomoro community for undertaking various self-help projects:
ISSUES

Without gainsaying, his administration met with some serious problems which only God saw them through. Some of them are:

(C) Tree case involving Egbo and Uruabe quarters: This is also another minor incident which assumed a high dimension and almost knocked the unity of olomoro to it's very Foundation. To be brief with the story, a man from Uruabe fell a tree along IKiabodo bush. A man from Egbo quarter then accused him that, this Uruabe man had stolen the tree that has been in their family Bush. Such a minor issue. This later led to a court case at Oleh and caused a big quarrel between Uruabe and Egbo quarters this case lasted for a very long time and both quarters spent much money before it was finally resolved.

Other Things To Know About Chief Dr. Stephen Akpotu

MIDWEST STATE ARTS COUNCIL

Appointed chairman of Midwest Arts Council from 1972-1975.

CHAIRMAN ISOKO LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCIL
Chief Dr. S. O. Akpotu became the chairman of Isoko Local Government from the 15th of June to 31st of December 1975

ISOKO DEVELOPMENT UNION (IDU)
Became the President General of the umbrella body of the Isoko people from 1974 to 1984 and the GRAND PATRON FROM 1984 TO DATE.

CHIEFTAINCY TITLES
1. The Olorogun of Olomu by the Orodje of Olomu kingdom in 1971
2. Oletu-Ologbo of okpe Isoko by the ovie if Okpe-Isoko in 1980
3. Ufoma-ovie of iyede Kingdom by the ovie of iyede kingdom
4. Clan otota of Olomoro by the odion ologbo of Olomoro kingdom in 1986


CHURCH ACTIVITIES
Member of saint Mathew’s Anglican church Olomoro.
Chairman, fund raising committee for the creation of diocese of Oleh.
As a member of Saint Mathew’s Anglican church Olomoro, He was the chairman, harvest committee for 50 years.

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MOVEMENT FOR THE CREATION OF DELTA STATE

Shared by Eric Edafitite Egborge on June 3, 2021
Chief Dr. Stephen Akpotu became the chairman for the struggle for the creation of Delta State on the 15th of March 1980. After the collection of the required signatories from the eight local government councils that opted to join the state on the 1st of September 1980, he led a formidable delegation of Deltans to Lagos for the submission of the request to the senate president, Senator Joseph Wayas. After the presentation, the committee members continued the struggle for another ten years until it was created by the Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babanginda’s administration on August 27th 1991.