LAND, OVERLORDS & LAND RIGHTS
By D. A. Obiomah
| Originally published in Warri by GKS Printers. Published
in URHOBO WAADO by permission of Mr. D. A. Obiomah.
© D. A. Obiomah 1987, 2002
Adueye Obiomah is an Agbarha indigene of Warri Town. He was educated at
Warri College, now Government College, Ughelli, and at the University College
Ibadan, under special relationship with the University of London, hence
his degree of B.A. London, obtained in 1956. He entered the Administrative
Service of the Western Region of Nigeria Government the same year as a
Cadet Administrative Officer. In 1957 he returned to U.C.I. for a course
in Public Administration. This course was designed to replace the Devonsire
Course to which Nigerian Cadet Administrative Officers were hitherto sent.
This was followed by a programme in Public Administration in May-July 1960,
in the United States under its Development Agency for International Co-operation.
six years service with the Western Region Government he resigned as Acting
Senior Divisional Officer (D. O.) and took up employment with Nigerian
Tobacco Company. He trained as Marketing Manager in Nigeria, the United
Kingdom and Jamaica and rose to the rank of Divisional Marketing Manager
in charge of Midewestern Region (now Bendel State) of Nigeria together
with Kabba Province of present day Kwara State. He served the N. T. C.
in Lagos, Ibadan; Benin, Nairobi and Kampala and resigned in 1968.
He returned home in 1969 to Warri where he has since set up business in real estate. At various times, between 1972 and 1975 he was a nominated member of the Warri Urban District Council during the Military Governorship of Col. (as he then was) Osaigbovo Ogbemudia. Under the Obasanjo Local Government reforms of 1976, Warri Urban District Council and the rural Warri Divisional Council were merged as the present Warri Local Government Council. Daniel Obiomah served for 30 months on the new Council 1976 to 1979 as an elected member. Within the same period he represented Warri Local Government Area at the Constituent Assembly which produced The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1979.