By Musa Baba Adamu
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has called on Urhobo people at home and in the Diaspora to promote unity and cohesion at all times.
Delivering a keynote address at the Urhobo Progress Union (UPaU) Ireland International Webinar to mark the Urhobo Day celebration on Sunday, Senator Omo-Agege lamented that politics had caused serious divisions within the Union in recent times.
UPU is the umbrella body of all Urhobo people.
The Delta Central lawmaker who also chairs the Senate Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review, stressed that the best way the Urhobo can defend her national interest in the context of multiple power blocs is to always stand firm and be committed to the goals of Urhobo.
According to him, although the advantage of demography has given Urhobo pivotal political leverage, their inability to act in unison tends to undermine their efforts.
His words: “It is unfortunate that at critical moments, when we are expected to show unity and cohesion, we dissipate energy on selfish and opportunistic pursuits. This way, our ranks get depleted and we are exposed to assault from rivals and adversaries. A fallout of this, is the tendency to display deceitfulness and sabotage.
“I am particularly worried that politics had in recent times caused serious divisions within the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU). It is expedient to be reminded of the great sacrifices and contributions some of our past and present sons and daughters have made to bring all of us to where we are today as a people.
“We need to emulate the good examples and legacies of the heroes of Urhobo Nation and also realize that who and what we are as a people, is far beyond our individual interest and pattern of thinking. Therefore, we should always think properly before we act today in the interest of our tomorrow, so that we do not, with our very own hands, destroy the very foundation upon which we all stand.
“To earn a respected place in the state and country, there is a need for peace and unity in Urhobo land at all times. I urge our people to close ranks for the progress and development of the Urhobo nation. We should not allow political and personal interests to cause division within our ethnic nationality. We should be united to make an impact in Delta State and the country”.
According to him, the Urhobo nation is endowed with resources – oil and gas, fertile land, water, talented and hardworking people – to make the ethnic group a centre of economic and industrial power and a land of opportunities.
To have another chance to make further progress in rekindling economic and investment activities in Urhobo land, the lawmaker called on Urhobo sons and daughters to be good hosts to investors.
This, according to him, is because industries are needed to create jobs and bring about development of the nation.
Specifically, the Obarisi of Urhoboland urged Urhobo people at home to take advantage of endless opportunities in the agricultural sector of the economy.
He also urged the youth to dedicate their talents, energies and time to meaningful activities and ventures that will positively impact the socio-economic and political transformation of Urhobo nation.
“Agriculture has great potential to create millions of new jobs and businesses. Through this and other fora, we should continue to encourage our young people to be engaged in agriculture.
“There is also a vital need to change the orientation, mindset and attitude among our youths. For positive change to evolve, our youths should cultivate such attitudes as hard work, honesty, discipline, and patriotism,” he said.