Astute administrator in the old Bendel, now Edo state, Deacon Joseph Iriogbe is dead. He died on Sunday, October 11 at the age of 81.
Pa Iriogbe joined the then Bendel state civil service in 1970 after graduating from the then University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University.
He began his career as a geography teacher at Esan Grammar School, Uromi from 1970-1973 where he distinguished himself.
He crossed over to Ministry of Agriculture, Benin-City in 1973 as an Agric Officer but later joined the local government service the following year and was posted to Amai in present day Ndokwa Local Government Area of Delta state as Assistant Divisional Officer (A.D.O) assisting the D.O who was resident in Kwale, the Local Government headquarters.
From there, he was posted to Sapele in 1976, in the then Okpe Local Government Area, Delta state as Assistant Secretary of the Local Government when their nomenclature was changed. He was later made Secretary of the Local Government Area and later transferred to Agbor, headquarters of Ika Local Government Area where he got promoted to the position of Deputy Permanent Secretary in the then Bendel State civil service.
He served in the same capacity as Secretary in Burutu Local Government Area until the state was split in 1991 into Edo and Delta states. With the policy in place then, Edo civil servants relocated to their state of origin and Pa Iriogbe found himself in the largest local government area in Edo state, Oredo, with headquarters in the state capital of Benin-City as the Head, Personnel Management, HPM.
He served in the same capacity variously at Auchi, Ekpoma and
Ehor all in Edo state before retiring on attaining the statutory age.
He is survived by many children, among whom is Mr. Emmanuel Iriogbe, one time Group News Editor, defunct National Interest newspaper.