The forum of Presidents-General of the 24 kingdoms of Urhoboland has tasked the President-General of Urhobo Progress Union Worldwide, Olorogun Moses Taiga, to tackle all pressing issues affecting the Urhobo nation.
In a welcome address read by the Secretary-General of the forum, Olorogun Kenneth Iwhewhe, during a meeting by Taiga with the forum of Presidents General at Uvwie Town Hall, Effurun, Delta State, the PGs, listed some of the pressing issues as the Fulani herdsmen invasion of Urhobo towns and villages, which has rendered many Urhobo homeless in their fatherland and the land dispute between Aladja, an Urhobo town and Ogbe-Ijoh, an Ijaw town. They also urged him to use his knowledge of the oil industry to the benefit of Urhoboland, which is a major oil producing area.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the forum, Dr. Peter Obakponovwe, said Taiga has all it takes and the pedigree to take Urhobo to greater heights.
He further declared that “the UPU PG is Urhobo’s only mouthpiece and father figure.”
In his speech, Olorogun Taiga expressed gratitude to the Urhobo Kingdoms’ PGs and the entire Urhobo Nation for his election and continued support and affirmed his mission to reposition the Urhobo Ethnic nationality. He used the medium to render account on his stewardship so far, particularly his five-point agenda, which include the establishment of Mukoro Mowoe University and microfinance bank for Urhobo women.
Taiga urged the Presidents-General to mobilise their respective kingdoms towards effective participation in the on-going INEC voters’ registration exercise, just as he tasked them on vigilance and security in their domains.
Present at the well-attended event were Olorogun Moses Taiga, Chief (Capt.) Tony Onoharigho, 2nd Deputy President-General, UPU; Olorogun (Dr.) Peter Obakponovwe, Comrade Nicholas Omoko, President UPU Youth Wing; Chief Kenneth Iwhewhe, Chief Paul Agboroh, Chief Peter Obodo, National Auditor, UPU; Chief (Barr.) Emmanuel Omovie, Asst. Legal Adviser, UPU; Prof. S.W.E Ibodje, Chief Emmanuel Okumagba, Chief Ogarivi Utso, JP; Chief (Major-General) Peter Unuode, rtd; Chief Emmanuel Ememu, JP; and Col. Columbus Akporokah.
Others are Chief (Mrs.) Margaret Atano, Asst. National Publicity Secretary, UPU; Chief Austin Ukuwrere, Chief (Mrs.) Grace Akpodiete, Asst. National Financial Secretary; Chief Steve Sokoh, JP; Chief (Barr.) Benson Ndakara, Chief Isaac Udju, Mr. Andrew Ebirie, Chief Austin Omonode, Chief Victor Ohaire and many others.