Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the Deputy President of the Senate, has called on Urhobo people at home and in the Diaspora to promote unity and cohesion at all times.
Delivering a keynote address at the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) Ireland international webinar to mark the Urhobo Day celebration recently, Senator Ovie Omo-agege lamented that politics had caused serious division within the Urhobo Union in recent times.
The Delta Central lawmaker, who also chair the Senate Adhoc C ommittee on Constitution Review, stresses that the best way the Urhobo can defend her internal interest in the context of multiple power blocs is to always stand firm and be committed to the goals of Urhobo.
According to the Senator, although the advantage of demography has given Urhobo pivotal political leverage, their inability to act unison tend to undermine their efforts.
His words: “It is unfortunate that at critical moments, when we are expected to show unity and cohesion, we dissipate energy on selfish and opportunistic pursuits.
This way, our ranks get depleted and we are exposed to assault from rivals and adversaries, fallout of this is the tendency to display deceitfulness and disruption.
“I am particular worried that politics had in recent times caused serious divisions within the Urhobo Progress Union.
It is expedient to be reminded of the great sacrifice and contributions some of our past and presents sons and daughters have made to bring all of us to where we are today as a people.
The Senator said we need to emulate the good examples and legacies of the heroes of Urhobo Nation and also realize that who and what we are as a people is far beyond our individual interest and pattern of thinking.
Therefore, we should always think properly before we act in the interest of our tomorrow, so that we do not, with our own very hands, destroy the very foundation upon which we all stand.
“To earn a respected place in the state and county, there is need for peace and unity in Urhobo land at all times.
I urge our people to close ranks for the progress and development of the Urhobo nation. We should not allow political and personal interest to cause division within our ethnic nationality.
We should be united to make an impact in Delta state and the country.
According to him, the Urhobo is endowed with resources- oil and gas, water talented and hardworking people to make the ethnic group a centre of economic and industrial power and a land of opportunities.
To have another chance to make further progress in rekindling economic and investment activities in Urhobo land, the lawmaker called on Urhobo sons and daughters to be good hosts to investors.
This, according to Senator Omo-Agege, is because industries are needed to create jobs and bring about development of the nation.
Specially, he urged Urhobo people at home to take advantage of endless opportunities in the agricultural sector in the economy.
The Senator also urged the youths to dedicate their talents, energies and time to meaningful activities and ventures that will positively impact the socio-economic and political transformation of Urhobo nation.