By Festus Ahon & Gabriel Enogholase
UGHELLI/BENINâ€”THE National Chairman of Urhobo Political Forum (UPF), Chief Ighoyota Amori, has called on President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua to sack Alhaji Rilwanu Lukman as Minister of Petroleum.
Simillarly, leaders of Ijaw, Isoko and Itsekiri people of the South Senatorial District of Delta State have demanded for the immediate removal of Petroluem Minister from office, insisting that his utterances since he assumed office was capable of setting the nation ablaze.
The leaders also threw their weight behind the South-South governorsâ€™ decision to withdraw their support for the Federal Governmentâ€™s amnesty programme for militants in the Niger Delta, citing the Federal Governmentâ€™s decision to downgrade the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, from a University of Petroleum Resources as well as certain portions of the Petroleum Industry Bill now before the National Assembly.
On his part, Chief Amori condemned in strong terms the Federal Governmentâ€™s decision to downgrade the Petroleum Training Institute, PTI, Effurun in favour of Petroleum College , Kaduna.
He said any attempt to reverse the upgrade of the PTI, Effurun as approved by former President Olusegun Obasanjo would be resisted at all cost and commended the South-South governors for their quick reaction and intervention on the matter.
While restating that they would confront the Federal Government or its agents if it ventured to carry out its decision to downgrade the PTI, he challenged the people of Urhobo nation to rise up to the challenges and join forces with the South-South Governors to fight the injustice.
Amori who spoke further, charged Urhobo sons and daughters to attend the Urhobo Unity Summit slated for 30th to 31st of July, 2009. He also urged them to give it both financial and moral support.
He reiterated that the UPF is committed to the political well being of the Urhobo people and said the group is poised to better position the Urhobo politically.
While thanking the people of Ethiope East for their successful hosting of the UPF consolidation rally at Eku, he disclosed that the Sapele rally would be held soon.