One of the Last Surviving District Officers of Colonial Era Dies


One of the last surviving district officers in the colonial era, Prince L.G.C. Asibelua, has died.

Asibelua was born into the royal family of Ozuem and Ebeneze, the founders of ASE in Ndokiea East Local Government Area of Delta State.

He was the first District Officer of Western Region, during the colonial era in charge of Kwale and its surrounding districts.

He worked in United African Company (UAC) in Burutu where he was later sent to United Kingdom to further his education in senior management courses.

He was a member of many social clubs as patron.

Asibelua served at top management capacity of many companies, which include; Impregilo an Italian Company that built Kanji Dam as Personal Manager; Costain Raymond that built Lagos to Benin road from the Okiti-Pupa Quarry as top manager. Management member with RT Briscoe, Lagos; Top Personal Manager, Toyota Apapa.

He worked as a General Contractor for Shell BP, eastern zone. District Officer of Ndoni, Aboh, Kwale all the way to Patani during the colonial period for former Western Region.

He worked closely with Obafemi Awolowo and the British administrators. He coined the word NDOKWA about 1950, which still remains today as Local Government in Delta State.

He was Senior Manager of Nigerian Tobacco Company (NTC) in Port Harcourt.

He latter retired from his own business ELEGECEE & CO where he was the Chief Executive and Chairman.

He was buried on Friday, July 1, 2016. He is survived by a wife of over 65 years, Mrs. Rakiya Grace Asibelua, children, grandchildren and great-grand-children.