WARRIâ€”PRESIDENT-GENERAL of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), the umbrella group of Urhobo ethnic nationality in Delta State, Senator Felix Ibru, has said that significant steps have already been taken by the union towards the creation of an Urhobo state.
Senator Ibru, who disclosed this in his address at the Annual National Congress (ANC) of the Urbobo, which took place at Effurun, weekend,Â said the move was in furtherance of the resolution by the people at the Urhobo Unity Summit in July that UPU executive should set up a machinery, including appropriate committees, for the campaign for an Urhobo state in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He said: â€œI am glad to inform you that substantial steps have already been taken towards the implementation of the creation of an Urhobo state early in the New Year (2010).
â€œThe UPU national executive council will take full measures to implement the decisions of the summit.â€
He pointed out that based on population and resources, both human and material, the Urhobo ethnic group was qualified to become a state of its own.
The UPU leader, who was the first civilian governor of Delta State, regretted that the Urhobo nation has not enjoyed its pride of place in government, adding that its impact had been far less than desirable, particularly in recent years.
â€œAs we approach the 2011 general elections, the national executive council of UPU will establish a roadmap that will guide all political actors in Urhobo land,â€ heÂ said.
On the political situation in the state, he asserted that â€œUPU will take a serious look at the political situation in Delta State because the economic and political development of Urhobo land depends to a large extent on the activities of the political class.â€
On his promise to build bridges with Urhobo neighbours during his maiden address last year, Ibru said he was pleased to note that ethnic nationalities, including Ohaneze Ndigbo, participated in Urhobo Unity Summit.