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- High Chief Vincent Ahwi, Lagos, OSU R'URHOBO, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU)
Support UPU to make us more relevant in Lagos— OSU
OSU R’URHOBO, Lagos, High Chief Vincent Ahwi has called on Urhobo resident in Lagos to always respond to calls by the Urhobo Progress Union UPU, irrespective of their political affiliation and social status, and take part in all activities of the Union in order build the unity, love and strength that will make Urhobo more relevant and respected among other ethnic groups in Lagos State.
The Urhobo leader in Lagos made the call at a reception organized on Sunday, May 5, 2019 by family members and friends of Mr. Julius Owarieta for guests who accompanied him to a church service to thank God for his safe return after he and two other members of the UPU were held hostage for five days, having been kidnapped at the now notorious dark spot on the Benin- Ofosu axis of the Benin-Ore Expressway.
Osu told his audience that unless Urhobo in Lagos always come together under the auspices of the UPU it would be difficult for them to gain the recognition that would put them at par with other non indigenes of Lagos some of which members are already making the cabinet of successive governors of the state.
Intimating the gathering of plans being made to properly position Urhobo and other ethnic groups from the South South geopolitical zone Osu said, “At a briefing we held recently we told the Lagos State government that those of us from the South South, while not contesting the ownership of Lagos, are major stakeholders in the development of Lagos to the level the state is today and as such deserved to be considered for appointive positions in the state executive council.
“Are some of us sitting here not qualified to be appointed commissioners in Lagos?” he asked, adding that such opportunities can only come the way of Urhobo in Lagos if they put their acts together and support the UPU to give them the purposeful leadership that would bring such recognition and respect to them.
Also speaking at the ceremony President of Apapa branch of UPU, Mr. Ovie Oghenekaro thanked the family and friends of Mr. Owarieta for organizing the thanksgiving service and reception within such a short notice.
He disclosed that the two main branches of UPU in Lagos, Apapa and Ikeja, would organize another thanksgiving for all three members of the union who survived the kidnap saga once the other two still recuperating are fully recovered. He thanked all present for being part of the ceremony. He appealed to them to kindly honour the UPU’s invitation to the general thanksgiving when the time comes.
Other dignitaries present at the ceremony include Pa Michael Onogha, the Okpako Orere r’Urhobo in Ikorodu, High Chief (Sir) Philip Edemete, former President, UPU Apapa branch, Mr. Friday Akporue, immediate past president, UPU Ikeja branch, Chief Godspower Ikpimi, Secretary UPU Apapa branch, Mr. Peter Akpona, Secretary, UPU Ikeja branch who represented Chief Isaac Nakpodia, President, UPU Ikeja branch.
Also present were Mr. Diamond Okagbare, Chairman UPU Alimosho sub branch, Mr. Sunday Urhoma chairman, UPU Ajebo sub branch and a host of others.