Ofoni is an Urhobo community in Sagbama Local Government Area in Bayelsa State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ofoni is about 40 kilometres by water to Sagbama (headquarters of Sagbama Local Government) 5 minutes by land to Odorubu and about 120 kilometres by road through Odorubu toYenagoa (Bayelsa State capital) respectively.
The community which is a peninsula, due to its almost being surrounded by water, is about 6 square kilometres in size and it is made up of three sub communities (villages) of Ekrediagbo, Ekreogbe and Ekreyavwien which in turn, have a total of seven quarters.
Ofoni which is in Bayelsa West Senatorial District has Iseni, Uduere and Ofoni Oil Field of the SPDC. It has oil facilities such as pipeline as well as drilled and capped oil wells.
The Man, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo by Clement Ovokeroye
Born in September 5th, 1965 in Ofoni Federated Communities in Sagbama Local Government Area of BAyelsa State into the aristocratic family of late Chief and Mrs Awhowho Ewhrudjakpo, Mr. Lawrence Oborawhareivwo Ewhrudjakpo is an efficacious savvy management consultant with specialty in change management.
A legal practitioner with an au-fait in governance, health systems, management and reforms, capacity building and training, facilitation, feasibility studies and sector analysis and development, cum action plans development, knowledge management and resource mobilization.
At age 6, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo attended the Ebikimiye Primary School, Kpakiama, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) in 1976. Then he proceeded to Government College Bomadi in 1982 and later proceeded to Community Secondary School, Ofoni in 1987 where he obtained his West African School Certificate (WASC).
Lawrence started his tertiary education odyssey in the prestigious Rivers State College of Health Technology, spatially located in Port Harcourt the Capital of Rivers State, between 1989 to 1991 where he obtained a Diploma in Community Health. Upon completion of his Diploma course in Community Health, Lawrence’s quest for advanced knowledge thrusted him to the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt between 1991 to 1996 where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) in Secretarial Administration.
In 1998, he returned to his alma mater – the Rivers State University of Science and Technology for a Master’s studies in Business Administration and consequently obtained a MBA, Management Option in 2000. Having completed his Master’s studies in Business Administration (Management Option), in a bid to become versatile, enhance his juridical understanding and essentially guide his endeavors as a social being, he secured admission to study law in the same citadel of learning, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, where he bagged L.L.B. Hons Law, between 2002 to 2007.
Lawrence insatiable quest for knowledge is unprecedented. At the time he was studying Law in the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, he was also studying Change Management in Said Business School, Oxford University, United Kingdom; a certificate course he took between 2006 to 2007. Also, between 2008 to 2009 he took a yet another Master’s studies in Science of Coaching and Consulting for Change, in HEC School of Management, Paris, France.
Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo was called to Bar in 2009 after completing his Law School programme at the Nigerian Law School, Bwari, Abuja. Having qualified as a Barrister, he took a Diploma course in Mediation, Negotiation and Arbitration, at the Centre for Conflict Resolution, Ghana. Between 2011 to 2012, it was imperative for him to advanced his juridical cognition and so he took a Master’s course in the Birmingham City University, United Kingdom and consequently obtained LLM in International Human Rights Law. He is a quintessential Management Consultant, Legal Practitioner and a Community Health Practitioner whose cognition is au-fait.
He has served in various capacity. His leadership prowess and cognate experiences are essentially fab. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo served as a Principal Partner in GoldMark Chambers from 2009 to 2012, as a Solicitor and Advocator. Between 1996 to 2003, he served as the Secretary General of National Association of Community Health Practitioner of Nigeria (NACHPN).
In 2003 he was elevated to serve as the Executive Secretary of NACHPN, with responsibilities to oversee the body administration, make tactical and strategic decision for the leadership; Act as Secretary of all committees, cum production and presentation of minutes of meetings, annual scientific conference organization, finance management and resource mobilization. A position he held up to 2012.
In 2019, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo was elected as the senator representing the productive people of Bayelsa West Senatorial District. Bayelsa West Senatorial comprises Sagbama and Ekeremor Local Government Areas, in Bayelsa State.
The Deputy Governor
After the Supreme Court ruling, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo alongside Douye Diri were announced winner of the just concluded Bayelsa Election.
Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo will be the first non-Ijaw Democratic elected deputy governor of Bayelsa state.