The Honourable Commissioner For Water Resources
“……I obeyed my father’s mouth; for which I was discharged at the lowest ebb of tide…..” This apt quotation from Late Dr Ibiwari Ikiriko’s Oily Tears of the Delta summed up the life of this dynamic son of the Niger Delta Geopolitical Zone of the country.
Chief Ibibia Opuene Walter was born on the 8th of July, 1967 in Isaka Town to Late Chief Livington and Mrs Amisodiki Walter. Like his young mates, he grew up in his ancient Isaka community in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Discharged at the lowest of the tide, the quest to learn the ways of the white man saw the young Ibibia Walter at the State School Isaka which was brought to the Community by his late father in order to enable Ibibia Walter enrol from 1972 to 1978 with admission number: 001, always on top of his class. He successfully passed his Common Entrance Examination into the prestigious Okrika Grammar School (OGS) in 1978 but left OGS to the renowned Government Sea School, Isaka from 1979 to 1983.
Chief Ibibia Walter was also at the Rivers State School of Basic Studies (now College of Arts and Science), Rumuola Port Harcourt for his Remedial and General Certificate of Education (A Level) studies. Upon the successful completion of his secondary education, Ibibia Walter (as he is popularly called) was at the unique University of Port Harcourt where he bagged an Honors Degree in Geology and subsequently capped it with a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Hydrogeology; before then, he had acquired a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Geology. He is at present pursuing a terminal degree in his chosen field of study – Geology.
The drive to set up his private enterprise and be self-dependent spurred him into setting up two indigenous companies. He is the founder and major shareholder of Lowpel and Geowaltek Nigeria Limited, a company which is into water schemes and also Aquasearch Nigeria Limited, a Geophysical Exploration Company.
Beyond excelling in business activities, the erudite geologist turned politician was elected Chairman of Okrika Local Government Area from 2004 to 2007. A position he used to dutifully and effectively deliver the dividends of democracy to his people. He went on to become the Secretary of the Rivers State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from 2013 up until his recent appointment as Honorable Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development.
Chief Ibibia Opuene Walter himself, a Justice of Peace (JP), is a prolific writer, a sagacious team player who is gifted with oratory prowess; an ebullient and highly spirited thinker with great vision who has interest in learning the activities of man. A revered traditional Chief and Head of Pelebo-Nworlu War Canoe House of Isaka. He is married and blessed with two daughters – Lolia and Sambi.