OKILO, Chief Melford 0biene.

GOVERNOR MELFORD OKILO: RIVERS STATE OKILO, Chief Melford 0., wasborn on the 30th November, 1933 in a remote village called emakaoakala in Brass Local Government Area of the Rivers State. The village, with very humble surrounding, it is less than 2 miles from Nigeria's first commercial Oil-field, Oloibiri Oil-fields in Ogbia District, which stands on his family land; Education: He attended St. Michael's Primary School, Oloibiri and Teacher's Training College, Diobu, Port Harcourt.Through private studies he passed his G.C.E. examinations and became an interpreter in the Magis trate's and High Courts of Eastern Nigeria, between 1956 and 1959. Althoug' by 1960 he was already an elected member of Parliament (M.P.), he continued liis private studies as an external student of London University until he passed the inter. LLJ3. and Inter. (Econ.) Degrees. Later, he went to the United States of America for further studies between 1965 and 1970. He obtained the B.A., LL.B. and BJD. decrees. He was still reading for the M.A. degree in Philosophy in the New School for Social Research' in the City of New York, when he was recalled to join the reconstruction of the Rivers State shortly after the civil war; Literary Works: He is a writer, although most of his written works have not yet been published. He, how ever, published the "Philosophy of States" as soon as he returned from the USA. Later in 1970, to justify the creation of States in Nigeria, particu larly the Rivers State, his life dream. Other remarkable articles he has published are: 'The Remarks of Nige ria", and "Our Mis-Educational Sys tem."; Okilo the fisherman, Okilo the farmer, owns one of the largest plan tain farms in the State. He identifies himself with the traditional occupa tions of his people. A statesman with Great vision, Chief Okilo is married with six cliildren.
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