Sons and daughters who are aggrieved or had cause(s) to disagree with the current leadership of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) under Olorogun Moses Taiga have been called upon to have a rethink with a view to Join hands to move Urhobo nation to greater heights.
This call was made by Olorogun Moses Taiga, President General (Worldwide), Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) during the 86th Annual Urhobo National Congress at Urhobo Cultural Centre, Uvwrarnuge.
He appealed to Chief Joe Omene, former President General of the Urhobo Progress Union to desist from denigrating the UPU, traditional rulers/ institution and Urhobo nation.
According to Olorogun Moses Taiga. “I wish to extend my hands of fellowship to every son and daughter of Urhobo nation who had any reason to disagree with my executive or previous executives or had remained indifferent to the affairs of our great Urhobo nation to have a rethink and join me and my executive to move the Urhobo nation forward.”
On his appeal to Chief Joe Omene “Olorogun Moses Taiga has this to say. “I also wish to appeal to Chief Joe Omene as a former President General of the UPU to behave more honorably and desist from denigrating the UPU.
The traditional institution and the Urhobo nation in general. The UPU is not a personal estate or empire. It is an organisation governed by rules and regulations and no individual, no matter how highly placed can arrogate to himself powers or platform that have not been conferred on him by the stakeholders.”
Olorogun Moses Taiga added, “I want to state here categorically that the elections that brought the
present executive led by my humble self into office were constitutionally and properly conducted. We were duly sworn in by a retired Judge of the High Court. By the election of Monday, January 2, 2017. the Urhobo people spoke.
Therefore, it behooves any responsible Urhobo person to respect the verdict of the people and abide by it.”
Giving his score card so far in line with his inaugural speech on Programme of action to be implemented,
Olorogun Moses Taiga disclosed that the proposed Mukoro Mowoe University is set to take off as Uvwiamuge Community has given additional portion of land to the UPU, adding, “however, for take-off site, Okpe Kingdom under the aegis of Okpe Leaders of Thought has offered the site of a proposed Delta State Government Polytechnic at DegheleElume.”
On Micro-Finance Bank, the President General of UPU disclosed that, “we have settled for the Category 2 Operating Licence which is to set up a state wide Microfinance Bank which will essentially be in Urhobo areas.
The Principal Consultant has recommended that we actually set up the first branch at No. 18 Okere Road, Warri and possibly in lgbudu Market, Warri. We are also considering setting up in other parts of the state like Ughelli and Okpara.”
Moses Taiga further disclosed that in keeping faith with Programmes of action lined up, the executive under him has been working round the clock to upgrade facilities at the Urhobo Cultural Centre, Uvwiamuge, adding. “we are also committed to upgrading the Urhobo Cultural Centre, Uvwiamuge to a modern Cultural Centre befitting the status of the Urhobo nation.”
On Urhobo Language. The President General disclosed that the UPU is sparing no strength to ensure that the linguistic heritage of Urhobo nation is safe from extinction just as he added that the Urhobo Language Curriculum for Primary and Secondary schools has been completed and approved, adding, “the UPU wants to ensure our Linguistic Heritage is safe from extinction and preserved for generations and this we are pursuing with vigor.”
He also listed his achievements and progression in other areas such as respect for traditional rulers, youth development.
Urhobo Identity Card Project, 2018 Population Census, restructuring among many others.
The three-day Programme that was attended by Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, Chief James lbori, former governor of Delta State, top government functionaries, traditional rulers, prominent Urhobo sons and daughters, branches of UPU was rounded off with an interdenominational thanksgiving service where intercessory prayers were offered for advancement of Urhobo nation.