Okpe is a local government area and kingdom in Delta State with headquarters in the town of Orerokpe. Okpe local government area falls under the central senatorial district of Delta State otherwise known as Delta Central Senatorial District alongside Ethiope East, Ethiope West, Sapele, Udu, Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Uvwie local government areas. Okpe local government area also forms a federal constituency alongside Sapele and Uvwie local government areas.
Okpe local government area covers an area of 445 km². It is bounded to the north by Ethiope West local government area, to the north-west by Sapele local government area, to the west by Warri South local government area, to the south by Uvwie and Ughelli North local government areas, and to the east by Ethiope East local government area.
Okpe local government area is inhabited by the Okpe people who constitute the largest clan of the Urhobo ethnic group.
The History Of Okpe
The Okpe kingdom was established as early as the 17th century. It has a traditional ruler with the title Orodje of Okpe. The Okpe people are known to have migrated to found the present day Sapele and the Orodje of Okpe still exercises authority over the land of Sapele.
The illustrious kingdom of Okpe as history recalls had four sons: Orhue, Orhoro, Evwreke and Esezi. These four Okpe ruling houses later decided to adopt a rotational system to produce a ruler for the kingdom. This has helped to stabilize peace and social equality in the kingdom till date.
The first king produced by this system was H.R.M. Esezi I, Orodje of Okpe whose sovereignty was around the period of 1770-1779.
H.R.M. Esezi II became the second Orodje of Okpe. A visionary and highly idealistic monarch who believed in the system of democracy. As a pioneer advocate of democracy in the land of okpe, he also was pivotal to Nigeria. He was amongst delegates of Kings that attended the 1957 Lyttelton Conference held in London in order to seek the Nigerian independence from the indirect government of the colonial master. He ruled the kingdom around the period of 1945-1966.
H.R.M Orhoro I, the third Orodje of Okpe ruled the kingdom from around the period of 1972-2004. He was educated at a catholic school and also served in the Nigeria police force. He later earned a Business Administration Diploma in the United Kingdom. His early life experience served him well as a springboard for establishing and becoming a director of a company, the New Africa Industries Limited. He was a worthy and peace-loving monarch that held several other public posts. One of his sons, Prince (Amb) Godwin E. Ejinyere serves as the current Mayor (LGA Chairman) of Okpe Local Government Area.
H.R.M Mujakperuo Orue I Orodje of Okpe is the fourth and current king of Okpe. He is a worthy monarch that served his nation as a high-ranking major general in the Nigerian Army. There is great expectations of the greatness his monarchy will add to the already illustrious history of the kingdom of Okpe.
The Government Of Okpe
The Okpe local government council is in charge of public administration in Okpe local government area. The council is led by a chairman who is the executive head of the local government.
The Okpe legislative council make laws governing Okpe local government area. It consists of 10 Councillors representing the 10 wards of the local government area.
Wards In Okpe
There are 10 wards in Okpe local government area of Delta State. The 10 wards in Okpe local government area are:
- Aragba Town
- Mereje i
- Mereje ii
- Mereje iii
- Oha i
- Oha ii
- Oviri Okpe
The Population Of Okpe
The widely disputed result of the 2006 national population census put the population of Okpe local government area at 128,398, with 65,270 males and 63,128 females.