UYLA Advises Urhobo Youths to Protect Oil and Gas Installations in their Land
• Says keying into Government programmes is most beneficial
The Urhobo Youth Leaders Association (UYLA) under the leadership of Comrade
has called on Urhobo youths to protect oil and gas facilities in Urhoboland, advising them to support government’s programmes that will help to develop the region.
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This strong and timely advice was contained in a statement signed by the National President, Comrade
and the National Secretary, Comrade Vincent Oyibode and was made available to the press in Effurun. The statement reads,
“the multiple benefits of protecting oil facilities in Urhoboland should be a core course to all citizens of Urhobo especially the youths to attract development to their various communities. The popular saying that ‘no community can develop in the absence of peace’ cannot be overemphasized”.
The advice is coming at the wake of recent threats and bombings of oil and gas pipelines in Urhoboland. The group described the peaceful nature of the Urhobo people thus “the Urhobo people are known for their peaceful nature, positive minds and accommodating spirit. Hence, even when the Fulani herdsmen are raping women, killing people and destroying farms, the Urhobo people still find it very difficult to retaliate and chase them out completely”.
The group cautioned,
“the destruction and threats to destroy oil and gas installations from several quarters mostly the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Movement (NDGJM), the Urhobo Equity Struggle (UES), the Urhobo Revolutionary Army (URA) and the Urhobo Gbagbako (UG) should not form any part of Urhobo’s agenda on the match to greatness from the shackles of economic, political and ethnic slavery and neglect”.
In line with the Federal and the Delta State Governments’ appeal to militants for peace, UYLA says
“in the spirit of the special appeal to militants by President
Ifeanyi Author Okowa to stop the threats and destruction of oil pipelines in the Niger Delta, members of UYLA urge the kings, stakeholders, elders, women and youths of our land to embark on sensitization campaigns for the Urhobo people not to imitate other neglected ethnic groups in destroying oil and gas installations in their areas and thereby cause more pollution and environmental degradation. We must join hands to condemn and discourage every form of militancy in Urhoboland”.
The group further advised, “if there is a relative peace in our land, the people will have cause to rejoice because companies would then find it convenient to do businesses here. And with that, people will find jobs and contracts easily, the economy will improve thereby raising the standard of living, more schools and hospitals will be established and we would live in a hazard free environment”.
Conclusively, the group prayed earnestly, “our political leaders on the other hand, should kindly and urgently reach out to the government to engage the jobless youths. In a peaceful environment, Urhobo can attain enviable heights of massive development in terms of infrastructure and human capital”.