The president General of Urhobo Progress Union worldwide, Olorogun Moses Taiga has called on president Buhari to as a matter of urgency swear in Olorogun Bernard Okumagba as the managing director of the NDDC.
Olorugun Moses Taiga who made call while addressing journalists in Lagos recently, said that, UPU is calling on President Buhari to immediately swear in Olorogun Bernard Okumagba whose nomination has been approved and confirmed by the Senate as the managing director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
He also demanded for infrastructural development, port facilities, adequate utilization of oil and gas relocation of oil companies back to Urhobo land.
Taiga who attributed the high level of corruption in NDDC to lack of good and effective leadership, expressed pessimism at the ongoing probe of the Agency, saying “we don’t expect anything significant, it is just drama, because we have seen this type of probe before which ended at achieving nothing”
We are within for the result of the forensic audit to have the list of all people that have taken contracts from the commission since the NDDC was established, and what is the level of contract of the Commission that goes to the indigene of Niger Delta, adding that the wellbeing of the people that produce the oil that sustains the county should be protected and not being abused”
Moses Taiga, however enjoined all the governors of the Niger Delta region to do more for the people so that the impact of the 13% derivation and other resources from the oil should be felt significantly by the indigenes of the region, saying at the moment some of the governors are not doing well.
He said that the Agency requires experienced and trained people with capacity to turn things around for the agency “A development institution of that nature required good hands that are trained on how to manage and develop such enterprise”
The president General demanded that the federal government provide adequate infrastructure and port facilities to Urhobo nation, stressing that, the Ughelli-Asaba road, Benin-Sapele-Warri road and the East West read need to be completed immediately to spare commuters the agony they go through on the reads on daily basis.
He said Sapele port that was given to the Navy in 1983, and which is currently being underutilized should be restored back as a full operating port, while Warri , Okwagbe /Ganagana ports should be made fully operational “The Navy is only using one out of nine bases, others should be develop for us so that shipping companies can bring their goods directly to the area instead of the congestion at the Apapa port in Lagos”
Moses Taiga maintained that, oil companies Shell, Chevron, Seplat and others operating in Urhobo land must relocate their headquarters to the region, and to impact more on their host communities is terms of infrastructure and human capital development.
Taiga also seek the return of Uvwie and Okpe lands acquired for military purposes in the past, and which are not being used for that purpose, but being sold to private individuals.
“The issues of reviving ports and sales of Uvwie land by the military were cardinal in our presentation to the president at Abuja in 2018, and he promised to look into them, and till now nothing has been done about it, but we will keep knocking until the desired result is achieved”
He assured that UPU will work with federal and Delta state government for the economic impact of government policies, and to also cooperate with institutions, state and federal government of the day to ensure Urhobo nation gets her fair share of the resources and other opportunities.
He however expressed appreciation to the president for naming Railway stations along the Itakpe/Ajaokuta/Aladja Warri corridor after worthy Urhobo sons. Abraka station named after Major Gen. David Ejoor rtd and Okpara station named after Olorogun Michael Ubru.
He equally thanked the Governor of Delta State, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa for the approval of the Urhobo language curriculum for primary and junior secondary school, adding that, it should be extended to include area of Patani and Warri South local government that have a sizable population of Urhobos.