The President General of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) Worldwide, Olorogun (Dr.) Moses Taiga has assured Urhobo nation that UPU under his leadership will work with all interest groups in the state to ensure Urhobo produces the next governor of the state come 2023.
Taiga who was speaking with newsmen in Lagos, recently, maintained that, UPU will reach out to stakeholders in Delta and North South senatorial districts of the state for their support towards the Urhobo governorship aspiration, saying, “They need to reciprocate our kind gesture in 2007 and 2015.
He said, although UPU remains nonpartisan, but will watch the political space; especially the political parties and the political engineering that will produce the governorship candidates, urging Urhobo politicians to put their house in order and political parties should settle their internal quarreling to that others can take them serious.
Olorogun Taiga tasked the federal government, particularly the Delta state government to put economic measures in place to reduce the suffering of the masses, stressing that, “There is too much suffering and hardship in the land, we see it in the faces of our people in Urhobo land.”
Assigning the level of insecurity in the country, particularly, the Urhobo land where kidnapping, armed robbery, cult wars and killer herdsmen have taken over various communities, he said, it is apparent that the present security architecture in the country cannot cope with the current security challenges, position that, a police structure with a central command is no longer effective and appropriate to tackle the country’s internal security challenges.
He therefore repeated his earlier call for state police and community policing to enable each community and state deal with its peculiar security challenges, adding that, since different security outfits are springing up in the state and communities, the executive and legislative arm of the government should advance into action on the decentralization of the policing architecture in the country.
On the killer Fulani herdsmen that have taken over the states and various communities in the country and disrupting farming activities, the UPU PG said, the scars of these herdsmen are still visible in Urhobo towns and villages of Uwheru, Abraka and Olomu amongst others.
He however expressed support for a suggestion banning night grazing and movement of cattle and herdsmen across the country, urging herdsmen to embrace the RUGA settlement the Kano state government has put in place, “Every Nigerian is free to come to Urhobo land for economic pursuit, but criminals are not welcome in the land” he declared.
Taiga also puck holes in the unitary system of government foisted on Nigerian, warning that, the system is creating avoidable tension in the polity with unpredictable consequences.
He strongly advocated for true federalism, saying that Urhobo believes in strong regional structures and control of resources by the federating units and pay taxes to the federal government, adding that, the federation units should also be in charge of their local security, own schools and tailor them to their local needs.