Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has expressed shock and sadness over the demise of renowned educationist and founder of the prestigious Westminister College, Lagos, Chief Johnson Barovbe,
Chief Barovbe, a former President and Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the influential Lagos-based Urhobo Social Club passed on recently, aged 81.
The Deputy President of the Senate noted that even as a private citizen, the prominent Urhobo traditional chief contributed to the improvement of the society.
In a statement signed by Yomi Odunuga, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the Deputy President of the Senate, the deceased was a strong voice in Urhobo Nation owing to his uprightness and ability to speak truth to power.
According to him, Barovbe is an astute businessman, educationist and philanthropist, the Delta Central lawmaker said his demise was a huge loss not only to the people of Ovu in Agbon Kingdom, but also to the Urhobos, Deltans and Nigeria as a whole.
He commiserated with the family, people of Agbon Kingdom, the entire Urhobo nation as well as Delta State on the demise of the renowned educationist.
He urged them to be consoled by the legacies of integrity, honesty and probity that the deceased espoused.
“Chief Barovbe’s death no doubt is a great loss not just to his family and the Urhobos but Delta State and the academic community in Nigeria.
“It is noteworthy that the elder statesman established a prominent school to help address one of the development challenges in the country and such noble legacy deserves to be sustained for the continuing benefit of the younger generation,” he stated.