The Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), an umbrella body of all Urhobo people in Nigeria, has condemned all acts of violent agitations and terrorism even as it condemned all forms of threat to national unity and security.
The body which rose from a meeting with its National Executive Committee members with presidents of kingdoms and secretaries, called for restructuring of Nigeria so as to pave way for devolution of powers and resource control.
In a communique made available to emeraldng.com, the UPU felicitated with President Muhammadu Buhari on the 57th independence anniversary of the nation.
The UPU, however, called on the federal government to address all issues of inequality which gave birth to agitations that prompted the Arewa youths to issue quit notice to the south easterners resident in the northern states of Nigeria.
In the communique, the UPU x-rayed the political economy of Nigeria and discovered that Urhobo is the most marginalized ethnic nationality in the entire country, considering the fact that “we are not only the 5th largest ethnic nationality, but that we are the highest supplier of gas in the entire West Africa, a consideration that ought to have placed the Urhobo people at a vantage position in sharing of the national cake.”
The UPU said it is disturbing that Urhobo people have only one senator in National Assembly, just as it frowned at a development where it has no ministerial appointment in the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
It described as a disheartening experience saying the federal government needed to give prompt attention to the Urhobo people of Delta state.
“Not even the Managing Director of the NNPC which sources of funds are generated mainly from Urhobo land. We therefore call on the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to give prompt approval for the restructuring of the nation.”
It said its call for restructuring would help in devolution of powers and resource control, creation of proper Delta state for the Urhobo people and her brothers.
It also said an Urhobo person should be appointed as minister even as it reviewed the spate of disagreements in most of “our branches and set up a 5-man-conflict resolution committee.
This committee is made up of the following national officers: 1st Deputy President General, Hon. Justice Jonathan Shakarho Rtd, Chairman; National Publicity Secretary, Chief Duncan Ewhere, Secretary; 3rd Deputy President General, Chief Grace Usirare, member; council of representatives, Chief Benson Oniyegha, member and Mr. Justice A. Umuago, admin Secretary, member.
The UPU said all petitions and complaints from branches should be channeled through the conflict resolution committee chairman who could be reached through his hotline No. 08038341137 or through the committee Secretary WhatsApp No 08033529771.
It said all petitions and complaints could also be passed through the President General, Chief Joe Orode Omene, who should in turn, direct such petitions to the committee to treat and revert to NEC for effective resolution of the crisis.
The UPU also use the medium to express appreciation to the National Council of Women Society, for deeming it fit to honour the President General, Chief Joe Omene, with the prestigious award of excellence for his social and community development initiative in Nigeria.
The award was received on his behalf by the 3rd Deputy President General, Chief Grace Usirare on September 29, 2017 at the Asaba Indoors Sports Hall, Asaba Delta state.