Comrade Opi Koriko Peter, a native of Okerenkoko Federated Community in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta state, is currently aspiring to represent Okerenkoko Ward 19 as Councillor in Warri South West Local Government Council on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, at the forthcoming Delta State Local Government Elections billed for March 6, 2021.
Born and brought up in the coastal settlement of Okerenkoko Federated Community, all that Comrade Koriko had yearned for is to positively change the narrative of his deprived constituency in the areas of poor education, lack of basic amenities, and dearth of opportunities for wealth creation, especially for the youths.
As a pupil who had his foundational education in Okerenkoko Primary School from 1996 to 2002, Comrade Koriko’s background experience on the low quality of education and other challenges in his constituency had motivated him to resolve within himself that one day in the future, he would want to be among those to change such a poor narrative. And that future has become today as he harps on effective representation as the antidote to bring about a new dawn in his constituency.
The product of who he has become today springs forth from his years of painstaking and studious efforts. To begin with, his quest for pursuit of quality education led to his relocation to the city of Warri to further his educational ambition at the National Comprehensive College, Warri, where he earned his secondary school certificate in 2008, after which he proceeded to the Delta State University in Abraka to study Computer Science.
“I have this urge to show example and to make a difference in Okerenkoko Federated Community,” Comrade Koriko said when asked why he is eager to become a councillor.
“But so far,” he continued, “I haven’t had the opportunity until now. I think this (LG Election) is a very good opportunity for me to prove myself, to represent the good people of Okerenkoko through effective grassroots leadership to the best of my knowledge for development, growth and progress of Okerenkoko Federated Community,” he assured.
“I won’t give any promise like other aspirants and candidates do. But if I am given the opportunity to serve, I can assure members of my constituency that I will make a positive impact in my first 100 days in office, by the grace of God, having been someone that has a background experience of the challenges facing Okerenkoko,” he added in confidence.
And what does he possess to give him credence above other aspirants and contenders? The quiet handsome looking and soft-spoken Comrade Koriko who cherishes education said:
“One of the challenges in the riverine area is the poor level of education, I for one experienced that. So I understand where I’m coming from and where my constituency should be. That’s why I studied hard to become a graduate so that I can come home to make a big difference in my constituency. And because of the love I have for education, I have always supported education in Gbaramatu Kingdom with the best of my ability.
“As an instance, I was formerly a member of NAGS (National Association of Gbaramatu Students) Constitution Drafting Committee as its Public Relations Officer. I also contributed in my own little way to make sure the Nigeria Maritime University, Okerenkoko but with takeoff campus in Kurutie community is not abandoned because I believe it would to a large extent help bridge the gap of neglect as it concerns education.
“Individually, I have also been putting efforts into anything that has to do with promoting Okerenkoko community, such as supporting any of the community’s social activities. And so, I need more opportunity to work and to do more. I have made several sacrifices at the grassroots and I appeal to those in my constituency to support my ambition to represent them. I believe I have what it takes, be it academically, socially, and otherwise, to make a positive impact in Okerenkoko Federated Community,” he pleaded.
Comrade Koriko who is happily married and a proud father, also believes that for anyone to succeed in life he/she must not only be enlightened but must also be a responsible citizen, and he believes Okerenkoko people would make the right decision of rooting for effective representation by making him their choice.