Edited by Felix Osemwengie Isere,Esq
Dr Pius Egberanmwen Odubu, the Okakuo of the universe was born on the 1st of July, 1957 into the family of late Chief Umweni Odubu, he hails from Urhomehe village in Orhionmwon Local Government area of Edo State.
For his primary Education, he attended St. Pius Primary School, Urhomehe before proceeding to Immaculate Conception College , Benin City, Edo State where he was a recipient of an Academic Scholarship Award from the then Benin Area Joint Board. Dr Pius Odubu holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political science and a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, he was called to the bar on October 1986.
As a lover of Knowledge, he further proceeded to study in the United States of America in 1977 to acquire more knowledge , and attended schools like the Philandersmith College, Little Rock Arkansas, Southern University, Baton Rouge Louisiana, Southern University school of Law, Baton Rouge Louisiana and the Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington D.C.
Dr. Pius holds a B.A. (Hons) in Political Science, PhD of Jurisprudence Degree in Law, Master of Law in International and Comparative Law, Harvard University: Kennedy School of Government, Massachusetts, U.S.A and Oxford University: Said Business School, Oxford England.
As a shining light who has been so decorated with many laurels, Okakuo is a recipient of several honours and scholarship awards.
Some of them include:-
• National Dean’s List (U.S.A)
• Representative of Southern University Law School at the National Conference of Law Review in California, U.S.A.
• Managing Editor, Southern University Law Review. Also the first non-American to hold Same.
• Academic Scholarship for all three years of the Juris Doctorate Programme
• Member, Southern University School of Law Moot Court Board – The first non-American to belong to Same.
• Certificate of Academic Excellence from Southern University
• Member – Who is Who in American Universities
College Marshal (Best Student) – College of Arts and humanities, Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A. May, 1980.;
• Certificate of Award and Merit from the Southern University School of Law Court Board
• Member – Board of Editors: Southern University Law Review. The first non-American to hold the said position.
• Certificate of honour from the Federal House of Representatives, Abuja etc
• Dr Pius Odubu was in private Legal Practice in Benin City but due to his sterling leadership qualities and passion for community development, he was elected as member of the House of Representatives to represent Orhionmwon/Uhunmwonde Federal Constituency between (1999-2007) and performed excellently well.
• He was a Member of the following House Committees during his first term:-
– Federal Capital Territory and Labour.
• In his second term, he was a member of the following committees:-
– Public Account
– Marine Transport
• He contributed immensely in the provision of fund for the expeditious execution of:
– Benin Bye-Pass
– Benin-Onitsha Road Dualization and
– Benin-Warri Road, Dualization projects
• He was the only member of the National Assembly from Edo State who was a member of the Appropriation Committee between the year 1999 – 2003
• In addition to these, he also attracted several projects to his Federal Constituency including:-
1. Abudu Erosion Control Project
2. Urhonigbe Erosion Control Project
3. Federal Comprehensive Health Care Centre at Urhomehe
4. Construction of Primary School Building at Urhomehe
5. Federal Borehole at Urhomehe
6. Rehabilitation of Benin-Abraka-Agbor-Sokponba-Ugharefe Road.
7. Electricity to several communities
8. Giving employment to several persons from his Federal
9. Provision of financial assistance to law students at the Nigeria law school, Abuja who are from his Federal Constituency, and;
10. Borehole in several communities.
• In 2007 he was nominated to be the running mate to his Excellency, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole where he served excellently for 8 years and contributed largely to the achievements of that Government. He has chaired and served in many committee and Councils , some of them are:
1. Vice Chairman , Edo State Executive Council
2.Vice Chairman,Edo State Security Committee
3. Chairman, Edo State Boundry Committee
4.Chairman, Edo State Community Based Urban Development Project(World Bank Assistrd)
5.Chairman, Edo State Technical Committee on Privatisation and Commercialization.
6.Chairman, Sensitization, Tranining, and Implimentation sub-committee of the National Cocoa Development Committee.
7.Chairman, Farmers Field School Programme of the National Cocoa Development Committee
8.Representative of Edo State at the National Cocoa Development Committee.
9. Director of Logistics, President Buhari Campaign Campaign Council, 2018.
10. Chairman, APC Gubernatorial Primary Committee, 2018.
• Dr. Pius Egberanmwen Odubu is a member of the Nigeria Bar Association and the International Bar association ,etc. He is a Christian, married to Deaconess Endurance Odubu and the marriage is blessed with 4 children.