The Majority Leader, Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Tim Owhefere, a fourth-term member and Chairman, House Committee on Information died at about 11pm Wednesday night at the Federal Medical Center, Asaba, from an undisclosed illness.
Hon Tim Kome Owhefere, popularly called TKO was full of life on 16th December 2020, when he moved a motion for the House to adjourn for Christmas and New Year holidays.
That seemed to be his last day at the Hallowed Chamber as he was conspicuously absent when the House reconvened on the 18th of January 2021.
An extremely intelligent lawmaker, Tim Owhefere, was until his death, the member representing Isoko North Constituency at the State Assembly and also Chairman, House Committee on Special Bills.
He brought certain uniqueness to the Office of the Majority Leader since he emerged as the House Leader in June 2015 and was renominated for the same position in 2019, the 6th and 7th Delta State House of Assembly respectively.
Hon Owhefere was so passionate about his duties, not just as the House Leader, but the Chairman of Chairmen of all the House Committees.
Tim was a friend to all, both to his colleagues, political aides and the Civil Servants in the State Legislature, and commanded a lot of respect because of his camaraderie.
At the wake of the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic in March last year, the late Lawmaker took time to analyze the precarious situation and measures put in place by the leadership of the House at ensuring that the pandemic does not halt the activities of the House, saying that the business of governance had to continue.
When the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu on 3rd November 2020, led officials of the Ministry and management team of DBS Warri, DBS Asaba and Pointer Newspaper to defend the 2021 proposed budget of the Ministry before the House Committee on Information, little did the Hon Owhefere know that he will not live to see how far his inputs and suggestions were implemented.
Owhefere, a knight of the Anglican Church, among other things, had wished to see a more functional information system in the state.
The late lawmaker, who had always been a Principal Officer of the House as he was the Chief Whip between 2007 and 2011, had in his comments during the 29th anniversary of the creation of Delta State, commended those that conceived the idea as it brought unity and cohesion among the people.
He had admonished Deltans to remain peaceful and united to fast-track development in the state.
Late Hon Tim Kome Owhefere, a lawyer, possessed all the qualities of a sound legislator in the law-making business with a lot of dreams for the future.
He will surely be missed by his constituents, colleagues, the staff of the State Legislature, Journalists covering the House, the government of Delta State and the political class.