Urhobo hold economic, investment summit to drive industrialisation in Delta


Urhobo Progress Union members. PHOTO: ngr.ng
Stakeholders in Delta Central Senatorial District have moved to develop Urhobo land by building industries to process the abundant agricultural products in the area.
This was disclosed in a communiqué issued after the maiden edition of Urhobo Economic and Investment Summit in Effurun, in Uvwie Local Council Area of Delta State.
According to the statement by Dr. Stephen Kekeghe and Mr. Peter Omoko, “companies should be built in Urhobo to encourage the translation of primary agricultural products into secondary production.
“Urhobo sons and daughters should be encouraged to embark on productive investments in the different aspects of agriculture, such as fish and animal farming, including pig, goat and cattle rearing.”
Other areas of focus are cultivation of crops like maize, potatoes, cassava, sugarcane, palm tree and rubber, which are of robust economic significance.
The statement said Urhobo people also resolved to embark on long-term investment in agro businesses, and implored the youths to create an atmosphere devoid of violence and xenophobic sentiments for businesses to thrive.
The stakeholders encouraged politicians from Urhobo land to invest more in agriculture than elections, even as youths should develop professional skills to make them fit into the oil and gas industry.
They canvassed the creation of modular refineries in Urhobo land to create jobs in the petroleum industry.“All Urhobo politicians, irrespective of their political differences, must as a matter of urgency, unite to encourage the revamping of all folded companies in Urhobo land, to create jobs for her teeming population.
“Urhobo people must continue to maintain unity and cohesion, which will impact positively on their economic advancement and socio-political visibility,” they said.
In this regard, they counseled successful businessmen and politicians from the area to promote education through scholarship aids to Urhobo sons and daughters. Comr. Kingsley Ubiebi convened the summit, which had Prof. Sam Oyovbaire as chairman.
The stakeholders solicited consistent workshops and trainings for Urhobo youths, to expose them to the relevance of education and the acquisition of professional skills that would make them self-reliant.They called for the revamping of the seaports in Sapele and Warri, and the creation of another at Okwagbe, to attract business opportunities to the people.


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