Urhobo Historical Society
Catalogue of Welcome Addresses Presented
Chief the Honorable T. E. A. Salubi, President-General,
during His Tour of Branches, of Urhobo Progress
Welcome Address Presented to the
President-General of the Urhobo Progress Union
by Members of the Urhobo Progress
We the undersigned for ourselves and on behalf of he Urhobo Progress Union and the entire members of the Urhobo Community in Aboh Division heartily WELCOME you to Kwale on this your maiden visit as the President-General since our official recognition as a full fledged branch.
It is with our greatest
pleasure that we accord you and your
entourage this reception in deep appreciation of the role you played in
building up and projecting Urhobo as an enviable tribe in
Your visit is an evidence of
your avowed determination to acquaint
yourself and other officers of the
We quite realize that it is a difficult problem to bear the responsibility of directing the affairs of a people such as ours, but we pray that God should guide you along the path of truth, justice, love and fair-play to enable you acquit yourself honourably as in the past, in the great tasks ahead. We wish that God leads you safely back to Ovu after you stay with us, which we sincerely hope you will enjoy and cherish all the time.
We wish you also a successful tenure of office and many more years of devoted service to our beloved Urhobo land.
Chief D. U. A. EFEREKAYA. J. E. A. AKPOKIGHE
Chairman, Kwale Hon. Secretary
MR. W. E. AKPOKEYAN MR. P. O. A. OROGUN
Vice Chairman Executive Member
MR. SAMUEL UMAH
Ogwashi-Uku Branch, Mid-Western
An Address of Welcome Presented
Urhobo Progress Union, Ogwashi-Uku Branch, to
Chief T. E. A. Salubi, O.B.E., the President-General of the Urhobo Progress Union
on the Occasion of His First Official Visit to the Branch Union, 1st June, 1964
It is with the greatest pleasure that we have to welcome and receive you here today on behalf of the Urhobo Progress Union and the entire Urhobo people in Ogwashi-Uku District on the occasion of your first official tour to our Branch Union since you ascended the high office of President-General of our great and dear Union.
It may be a crime to say that
we do not know the type of man and
the position you are in Urhobo land. Every average Urhobo man has an
some good qualities which you possessed that make you stand high in the
the world today. May we enumerate a few of these qualities and
since you assumed the high office of the President-General of the
Progress Union: to begin with, the
Many pamphlets were printed
giving the past and present history of
Urhobo and her great
We cannot forget how you
assisted the great
We are her today to welcome you merely because our President-General has come. Most of us here have heard of your good name and had not known you. We are here to know the great hero of Urhobo Nation. We are to know the man born with spirit of love and zeal for his country. We are to know the retired man but tireless man working for ht promotion, culture, education, and unity of his country. In short you have created much in the life history of Urhobo.
May we bring to your notice
that your first official tour of the
branches is to consolidate the branches but sorry to say that the
home (Urhobo land) are every weak indeed. Minus the
We feel the mother Union has no way of helping the branches abroad whereas the branches sprang up merely to take shelter under the mother Union against maltreatments and oppression of tribes that we might come across in our different dwellings.
A tree cannot make a forest;
therefore our tribute goes to the
other National Officers and leaders of the
On behalf of all Urhobo people here, we thank the President-General, the Under-Secretary and other officers.
! ! ! THANK YOU ! ! !
OYIBO EDAFEYEYA P. J. OMOVIE
Asaba Branch, Mid-Western Nigeria
A Welcome Address Presented to
President-General of Urhobo Progress
on The Occasion of Their Visit to Asaba on Monday, 1st June, 1964
We, the undersigned for ourselves and on behalf of the entire members of Urhobo Progress Union, Asaba, hereby express our great pleasure in you and the national revival team in our midst today. Without hesitation, we must thank you for your noble effort in trying to bring all Urhobos together in the fight for greatness and freedom which thus has brought peace to the whole nation. We cannot also forget your ideology of “man is a man to man” and your bringing our nation upper-most in this our great country. We wish and pray for your victory and God’s guidance in all y our undertakings. May we also bring before you knowledge the bitter mal-treatment that we have been encountering from the natives in whose land we live – such as arbitrary assessment, inciting Eastern Ibos to tap palm-wine in the bush where we are cutting and collecting our palm kernels, mostly now that there is not trade – all our oil and kernels are lying down unsold. The natives also take upon themselves to increase rents for their land often and deprive our rights on all occasion.
We cannot so easily pick up annoyance and think of packing off from their land for they themselves live in another people’s land, where they worked and pensioned and receive the good heritage therefrom.
We pray you, sir, to use your
effort to fight for our peaceful
dwelling without fear of tribalism. We also pray you to remember the
of our great
May we thank you once more for the battle of our national freedom and pray for the peace, power and prosperity from the Almighty God to be with you. We pray God also to lead you and your entourage back to your place of abode.
We are, sir,
Ogan Town Branch, Mid-Western Nigeria
An Address of Welcome Presented
Ogan Branch to Chief T. E. A. Salubi, O. B. E., President-General of
on the Occasion of His Official Visit to Ogan Town, Via Agbor, on the 2nd June, 1964
It is an exceptional honour to
receive and welcome you here today
on behalf of the Urhobo Progress Union and entire Urhobo people in the
community, on the occasion of your first official visit to Ogan Branch
We have heard and seen your patriotic spirit of your give and taken, your national interest for the Division, the Midwest Region, the Federal Republic of Nigerian and your practical example of self-sacrifice. Our constant aim is to offer a balance diet of inspiration, information and personal guidance. Above all, we offer our Sincere, Friendly assurance that we are deeply interested in you that since you assumed the high office of the President-General of our world-wide Union, you have contributed too much to the Division, physically, morally and financially mostly on lines of Educational Progress.
It is a fact that our national unity is on trial. We therefore humbly and strongly appeal to you to use your good offices as “a God own chosen leader” to restore the dreadful threat to our National Solidarity. We implore you to lead us as a nation, with a view to seeking our differences but not too supreme powers. Our main and only concern is to see that an urgent reconciliation of the two warring factions are cemented together.
We will listen with much attention to your speech for we need sound advice. The Ogan Branch was founded on the 14th April, 1963 (by Mr. Taivieta Esienna of Aladja) with a total enrolment of 20 members and was recognized the same year. It is regretted to learn that many of her members have often refused to pay their monthly contributions, claiming that the National and Zonal Headquarters maintenance fund paid by branches is a waste to the branch and therefore it is unnecessary and unprofitable as agitated by these sorts of members. We wish to call on the President-General to take not that the day-to-day running of the branch affairs is a task of a few financial members.
We shall do our level best to see that you deserve our continued support in the years that lie ahead. We wish you, your wife and your entourage God’s Blessings and safe return to your family.
W. O. IGURIASE T. O. ESIENNA
Benin Branch, Mid-Western Nigeria
An Address of Welcome Presented
Members of Urhobo Progress Union, Benin Branch, to
Chief the Hon. T. E. A. Salubi, O. B. E., President-General, Urhobo Progress Union,
on the Occasion of His Official Visit to Benin City on 2nd June, 1964
The Society of people you see
around you this afternoon represents
a cross-section of the Urhobo Community in
Never in the history of our
Your experience, integrity, liberality and capability to lead have never been in doubt. Today, we recall with pride and thanks, some of your most valuable contributions to our great nation; the establishment of the National Day, the building of the National Secretariat, the free grant to the tune of two thousand pounds by the Emergency Regime of Western Nigeria to the Urhobo College, your personal contribution of a tenth of your basic emoluments to the U.P.U. during your tenure of office as Commissioner for Education in the Emergency Administration, in Western Region, your spirited National Day Messages often characterised with brilliant historical sequence and appeals for a greater degree of co-operation among our people, are glorious and memorable.
We are, however, compelled to mention our great anxiety concerning some of the recent developments at home, developments which are considered to be in no way conducive to the healthy and sustained growth of the Urhobo people and the attainment of our just aspirations. By its constitution, the U.P.U. is purely a cultural organisation, embracing Urhobo elements, of different walks of life irrespective of religious, political, social and clannish considerations. Strict adherence to this policy will, in our view, be an essential ingredient for mutual understanding, solidarity and an unalloyed loyalty to a cause. It is our charge, therefore, that the U.P.U. as a body should be insulated from partisan politics completely.
As the tour progresses, we expect you to endeavour to eliminate the internal forces which tend to militate against Urhobo unity and solidarity. Revive lukewarm branches and ensure opening of branches in places they are not yet in existence.
Mr. President-General, “Ughegbe ra ato”, “ Ono Rue Emu Na”, God’s guidance and protection and many more years of useful service to our great people. Once more, we say welcome. Thank you, we are
and on Behalf of the Urhobo Progress
CHIEF UDI JEJE A. EKURE
Siluko Branch, Mid-Western Nigeria
3rd June, 1964
Siluko District Iyekovia
A Welcome Address to the Hon.
T. E. A.
Member, House of Assembly, Mid-West Region, President-General, Urhobo Progress
We the entire inhabitants of Urhobo in Iyekovia do take this opportunity to welcome you and your entourage for your selfless, relentless and nation hood tour of our Historic District, Siluko Iyekovia.
2. We also take this momentous day to congratulate you for your elevation, former Commissioner of Education, in the Regime, of Western Nigeria Administration, and member, House of Assembly, Mid-western Region, and we are to thank you with your team, deputy President, Secretaries, leaders and members of the Urhobo Progress Union at home and abroad.
EVER SINCE the foundation
of the Urhobo Progress Union, today mark a symbol of price, Urhobo
price, to see and meet with “every President-General” of their Union in
Iyekovia-Siluko. It is an avocation of U.P.U. and a promise of a
leadership to his people in the
4. Honourable Chief T. E. A. Salubi, the able and forceful leader, the man with lengthy letters and idioms, the presentable leader advocate plus honesty, we praise you, for your ability in visiting us, to show the environment of our back-stair.
5. We have resolved to and thereby humbly beg to put before your honour and to pray for your positive help to achieve them where possible.
(a) That Branches should be considered in the award of Scholarship.
(b) That or branches to own his legal adviser, for in the case of Emergency.
(c) That the virtue of Restitution of conjugal rights and divorce of Urhobo women should be constituted.
(d) That system should be made to arrest disbelievers of the U.P.U. Decision, in accordance to settlement of dispute in each branch.
(e) Siluko Branch inclusion in the Almanac for 1965.
(f) Applying to create a “Branch chapter” in Iyekovia to maintain Administration of the remaining wards, to be recognised.
(h) Urhobo secondary schools wanted in other parts of the Region especially in the headquarters.
We beg to welcome you once more to our town and pass our faithful vote of confidence on you.
Yours faithfully in national service,
On behalf of the entire Urhobos
SAMUEL OMONI ERHIRE G. AGADAGBA
SECRETARY PRESIDENT VICE RESIDENT
Iyasan Branch, Western Nigeria
A Welcome Address Presented to
President-General of the Urhobo Progress
on the Occasion of His First to Iyasan Branch on 3rd June, 1964
In the first we are warmly delighted to receive the President-General of the Urhobo Progressive Union whom we dreamt not to receive in this area before.
Secondly, we are happy that we have such a man like you who stands to raise the name of Urhoboeverywhere.
Thirdly, we are sure the President-General will ever succeed in his undertakings because you were not the first President-General ever existed but you are the first President-General who can arrange to tour the Union Branches. Therefore to this extent, we hope that riches and civilization in Ibo and Yoruba land which were secured to them by their prominent personalities shall soon reach us through your effort.
Now you stand as the father of every Urhoboman, wish you to be alert and listen to our cries as you have been listening to both people at home and abroad if such happen. As you are there for us, may the Almighty God spare your life in peace and prosperity.
J. A. OPHIOHOREN MR. P. O. OGWA
Iyara Branch, Western Nigeria
c/o St. Saviour’s
Ekama Camp, Iyara Ode- Irele,
A Welcome Address to the President-General,
We are the young growers of Urhobo Progress Union, Iyara Branch, had prepared this welcome address to say welcome to you and to people who had made the long journey with you.
May the Almighty God protect you from the hands of all evil. Sir, to us the young developing branch, we want you to use your good offices to have us in your mind and to remember us always as one of your branches.
We were all of a sudden informed by the Urhobo Progress Union, Iyasan branch, that the President-General is coming on the 3rd June, 1964. This was learnt on the 23rd May, 1964. Sir, if this Welcome Address is taken, we shall be grateful.
The U.P.U. Iyara branch
J. A. UNOTADAVWERHA CHEF J. O. EKAMA
SECRETARY ACTING CHAIRMAN
Owan Branch, Mid-Western Nigeria
4th June, 1964
I the Chairman of the Urhobo
Progress Union, Owan Branch,
Midwestern Region of Nigeria, with my members, highly welcome the
President-General of the Urhobo Progress Union, for his visit to this
to rectify a good standing of the Owan Branch of the above
As such we have to thank the present President-General for his special visit to this Owan branch of the Urhobo Progress Union.
The joy we have in mind for the
President-General’s visit to us
here this day is indescribable. May the Almighty God hear his Good
long may he reign over us to strengthen the
I and the members of Owan branch union of the Urhobo Progress Union repeat, you are welcome, you are welcome.
D. G. AWAIRE OKORO ERON
CHAIRMAN VICE CHAIRMAN
Sobe Branch, Western Nigeria
Urhobo Progress Union
Sobe, Urhobo Community
June 4th, 1964
U.P.U. – On tour to Sobe.
We on behalf of the Sobe branch
of the Urhobo Progress Union and
members of the Urhobo Community welcome you and members of your
this historic town of
Sir, when the choice was made of you to stem into the noble shoes left by Mukoro Mowoe, we here heralded the news with overwhelming joy, knowing you for your characteristic wisdom and formidable courage. We can now proudly claim, Sir, that our optimism has been vindicated by your determination to tour, no doubt to acquaint with your people and plant in them the essence of the solidarity of the Urhobos as a people and national unity. We wish you success in this endeavour.
The Urhobo Progress Union has
grown up to be a great cultural
organisation, and so therefore, you as its President-General, are
with the temptation of political infiltration. It is advisable, sir,
Our great organisation had and has been acting as an arbiter of peace and justice amongst our people since its inception. In this regard, you will agree with us, that litigation has been reduced to the barest minimum. This is a highly laudable achievement. But sir, there are those recalcitrant elements amongst us who defy invitation to amicable settlement of disputes. We would like to know the powers we have in dealing with this class of people as a branch union.
We feel that it is high time a research is made on the possibility of writing a book on the Urhobo language and on the historical back ground of the Urhobo as a nation, in line with that written by Mr. Yamu Numa, ‘The Pride of the Urhobo Nation’.
We ask also, that in future all Urhobo National Almanacs should be representative of all the different sectors of our people.
Regular of scholarships should be encouraged in order to help reduce ignorance amongst our people. In this regard, we demand a share for a son or daughter parented by a member of our community in Sobe.
We need membership cards and
would like to be treated as a
separate entity of
Finally, we welcome you as our first honourable member of the Mid-Western House of Assembly to honour us with a visit. And we wish you and your suite a happy tour and God’s guarded safe return.
Yours for National Progress
OTIGBA ODUDU ? ? ? ?
CHAIRMAN HON. SECRETARY
Urhobo Community in Ikare, Western Nigeria
Welcome Address Presented to
Hon. T. E. A. Salubi, O.B.E., the President-General, U.P.U.,
By the Entire Urhobo Community in Ikare
We the entire Urhobos in Ikare and sub areas whole heartedly welcome you to our midst this day.
To be candid, your visit is historical which must be remembered by us all, our children and our children’s children. This is so for a reason best known to all of us who have known you for long.
We, at this stage set our minds back to reckon some of your days as a civil servant you courageously started the battle for freedom, social and political rights of your fatherland, both direct and indirect.
During your time as the President-General of U.P.U there are much to say about the good works of your with the co-operation of other Urhobo Progressive elements.
To brief, we take time off to touch some of the remarkable activities of yours.
The Improvement of
The building of our national hall at Warri. The hall is the visible
Increases in the numbers of U.P.U. branches both in
As human-beings are concerned we still require you to use your good officers to see that the under mentioned requirements are met.
(a) To settle the misunderstanding between our leaders caused by politics.
To remove the
(c) To encourage girls Education among Urhobos.
(d) For you to stand as a father to all Urhobos not minding their political understanding.
We at this point express our
thanks and joy to the
We like to say that your receive us with our little reception accorded you.
We wish you, your friends, the national officers who made this visit possible and all our admirers God’s blessing and safe journey to anywhere they go.
Yours in service of Urhoboland.
EDWARD INELO J. OGBEVIREN EREVEREN
Ore Branch, Western Nigeria
5th June, 1964
A Welcome Address Presented to the Hon. T. E. A. Salubi, Member of the Midwestern House of Assembly and President-General , U.P.U
1. It is with pleasure that we have to welcome you and your entourage to ORE. We thank you very much for the precaution you have taken in touring the whole federation where Urhobos inhabit.
2. The Honourable T. E. A. SALUBI a faithful and famous President, we the entire Urhobo people are very grateful for your visit to any town where there is a Branch of the Urhobo Progress Union.
3. Ever since the foundation of the Urhobo Progress Union, today mark a symbol of price, Urhobo National price, to se and meet with “Ever President-General” of their Union in ORE, ONDO Province. It is a pride of the Urhobo Progress Union, and a sign of a faithful leadership to his people.
Sir, we hereby beg you to put before your honour and pray your positive help to achieve them where possible.
That we the Units of Onishere, Ebijor, Ore and Agbabu want to have a
its own. For we want to have a Branch in
That system should be made to check disbelievers of the U.P.U. who
co-operate with the
(c) That we the Mid-Westerner in the West should not be oppressed.
We beg to welcome you once more.
Yours faithfully in National Service,
OTERI AKPOCHA P. M. E. IYEDE
J. U. UMUKORO
The Urhobo Progress Union
P. O. Box 16
5th June, 1964
A Welcome Address Presented to
President-General of U.P.U. Headquarter, Warri, in Person of
Honourable Chief T. E. A. Salubi, O.B.E., President-General for His Official Tour
to Irele U.P.U.Branch on the 5th June, 1964
The President, Chief G. J. Awatefe and his officers with entire members of the above U.P.U. branch, Irele welcome you for visiting them today.
Since U.P.U. have given birth of her branch to Irele with happy growth, this is the first time of the visit of the President-General to this branch.
Since the existence of U.P.U. you are the fourth President-General that ever ruled. It is most interesting to note that during your time, the above branch received the official tour of the President-General of the U.P.U.
For the past years ever before
you were elected to this office of
President-General, the life of this our great
For the few years you have
worked in this our
Once again the President of Irele branch and the entire members of the U.P.U., honour the President-General and all his followers to our branch today. May Almighty God guide you in this your tour to all branches.
Appeal to President-General
1. We strongly appeal to you to keep us informed of any notice of scholarship to our great Union, U.P.U., at any time that it comes up.
2. Again we still appeal to you to consider our branch picture that in next year 1965 Almanac. That our portraits may appear next year. Our branch will be very grateful if the President-General will consider the appeal. We thank you for great effort to have made the U.P.U. to gain their position in this our Country of Nigeria which they lost for the past years. It afford us with great pleasure the care you have taken to all what you have donated to this National Headquarters and every annual conferences held each year.
We pray the Almighty God to spare you long life and prosperity and long may you rule in this office of President-General.\
MR. G. J. AWATEFE E. O. EMEDOH MR. J. E. AGBAVBE
(PRESIDENT) UNDER-SECRETARY HON. SECRETARY
Ajagba Branch, Western Nigeria
A Welcome Address Presented to
Hon. T. E. A Salubi
by the Entire Members of the U.P.U. Ajagba Branch, 5th June, 1964
Our Hon. President-General,
It accords us with immense joy, your presence in our midst this day. We are wishing you to accept our whole-hearted greetings on this your operation visitation. Joy, has made us exceedingly happy because of this your fine and handsome visit. We are particularly joyous on the ground that the Urhobos have been able to produce a man of your own integrity and calibre.
Just now we regret our inability to provide a more warm reception for you. We, the entire Urhobos here, at home and in abroad, consider you so eminent and a figure for fetching in our entire land of the Midwest Region. Your good name is eulogized not only here but in every land where there is any Urhobo born consanguinity. We sing your encomium not as means of flattery but because of your great activities for us all. Looking round, you will acclaim the crowd of people besieging you, a living testimony of this our statement. We look back into our steady and gradual progress, we see, you are an outstanding figure.
To start with, this
We now come to our present
President-General – Chief the Hon. T.
E. A. Salubi. He is a man of great zeal and vigour, man of undaunted
resolution, a man full of patriotism, and to crown all, he is political
dynamite. Through his indefatigable efforts, the
We the entire U.P.U. members of Ajagba branch humbly request the President-General to help us achieve the following objectives:
(i) Award of Mid-West Scholarship for our children to Secondary and University level.
(ii) To obtain regional loans from the Mid-Western Region to help us establish co-operative palm produce society.
(iii) To help to remind the home Secretary to dispatch our Registration Certificate at his earliest convenient time.
As you know, this branch has just been formed, and any present given could be accepted as a token of deep love and we therefore present the President-General with this meager but significant book gift, entitled, ‘Constitutional Law’.
pray you long life and prosperity.
1. Mr. George Oboba Chairman
2. Mr. W. S. Onosigho Vice Chairman
3. Mr. E. E. Ogorume Union Patron
4. Mr. Gabriel Akpovi General Secretary
5. Madam Okere Chairlady
6. Mr. Okoberhe Oborikpo Spokesman
7. Akporie Orojoh & Ejenaye Treasurers
Ado Ekiti Branch, Western Nigeria
A Welcome Address Presented to
Hon. T. E. A. Salubi, O.B.E, President-General, Urhobo Progress
This branch of Urhobo Progress Union heartily welcomes Chief the Hon. Adogbeji Salubi, O.B.E., President-General of Urhobo Progress Union of Nigeria and abroad, and his able lieutenants, who fight for in our midst today. The Chief’s presence here in Ado-Ekiti is beneficial to this Branch of Urhobo Progress Union in many ways. It revives our spirit to a re-union where disgust seems to lay its cold hand. It gives us the opportunity to discuss certain matters jointly with him. In short, it affords us to know our boss and some of our National Officers by whose names we only knew all this time. Thank God to spare our lives to witness this great events.
In view of what we read from the annual reports of Urhobo Progress Union, General Council of 1962, we thank all those who donated money, tools and accommodation that might have hindered the go-on of Urhobo Progress Union during a testing time to build the Union’s Headquarters Secretariat in particular and those who spared their time in the work in general. In these benefactions, we believe, history will tell for posterity.
This branch hopes the guests of honour may not be offended if we seize this time to express our requests of what we want from the headquarters. Regards our letters dated 11th April 1964, we applied for a copy of Urhobo Progress Union Constitution. No reply up-to-date. Our boss may see with us that a citizen must be law-abiding and without the knowledge of the law a citizen may easily fall a victim of the law. It is said that he who does not keep the law of the land, he is not a true citizen. Therefore we still stick to getting a copy of our Constitution.
It is astounding to have got a letter signed by the Principal Secretary of Urhobo Progress Union dated the 12th Feb., 1964, announcing the newly formed “Urhobo Progress Union Reformation Movement” a split of Urhobo Progress Union caused by politics. If we really advocate that “There is not an atom in the universe that is not in motion” as our “Motto” why should we be tempted by political lure to divide the atom. This may, as a result of political ruse impede (a) the improvement, maintenance and project of our tradition and culture, (b) the fostering of good relationship among all Urhobo, and (c) the granting of amenities to Urhobo areas by Governments of the Midwest and the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This is a feeling that most of innocent Urhobo outside the area may grieve.
On this historic date when your Lord-ship is paying your first visit to Ado-Ekiti, we would like, on behalf of this branch, to express to you our sincere and warm congratulations for the high office into which you have been placed by providence.
We know that your integrity,
hard-work, sense of duty and sound
leadership are know secrets that merit for your choice as the
of this great
In conclusion we implore you and your co-leaders not to be tired in lightening the way for us to see the way on, though hypocrites will blame their faults on you and seek to ruin your leadership. You should remember that “therefrom a truth, if thereto a persecution”. We wish you and your entourage God’s Blessings, Long Lives and safe Return to individual abode.
We are, your legal Urhobo of Ado-Ekiti
C. O. ONOACHA M. O. EDOH
Ilesha Branch, Western Nigeria
An Address of Welcome Presented
T. E. A. Salubi, O.B.E.,
the President-General, Urhobo Progress Union and Member, Midwestern House of Assembly,
on the Occasion of His Maiden Official Visit to this Historic
Our dearly Beloved President,
It is with great delight that
we the undersigned on behalf of
ourselves and the entire members of Urhobo Progress Union in Ijeshaland
you to this historic town of
When we look back into your progressive activities and patriotic spirit for the development of our race-the Urhobo, we are proud to have a person of your category and calibre as our President-General. In this connection we have the pleasure to express our joy at your becoming an Honourable member of the first Legislature of our own Region, “THE MIDWESTERN HOUSE OF LEGISLATURE.”
We appreciate your efforts in
reviving this our great Union which
once was becoming weak and now you have brought it up on a proper
we are thus proud that the strength of our Union as it is at present
compare favourable with any other, such ethnic group of
(1) The building of the Union Secretariat and its office;
The raising of the
Now our dear President, we feel we may seize this opportunity to speak to you as our father. Your exalted position as President-General is to us likened to that of Ovie of all Urhobos and consequently all Urhobos irrespective of class, creed or political opinions pledge our loyalty to you. We therefore beg of you to see that there is perfect unity among the Urhobos. Nowadays, it is an undoubted fact that politics are keeping friends asunder, and as such we are aware of the fact that it may be difficult for you to please all Urhobos, but remembering the adage of the greatest good for the greatest number, we feel that since you cling to and have your way with the majority, we could say that you achieved the best. Therefore, our President-General, Sir, the solidarity of the entire Urhobos is uppermost in our mind and this we know that with your ability tact, intelligence and sense of administration, you shall lead the Urhobos under one banner to the promised land and happiness and prosperity.
May the Almighty God give you the wisdom, tolerance and ability to carry out this onerous duty of solidarity amongst us all. AMEN.
Once again we welcome you to
M. C. O. UBIEBI J. O. ONOGBO T. O. OKORO
PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT CHIEF SPOKESMAN
P. M. AGBASHE R. A. OJACHERE M. O. AYEYA
TREASURER HON. SECRETARY MEMBER
Oshogbo Branch, Western Nigeria
A Welcome Address Presented to
Honourable Chief T. E. A. Salubi, O.B.E.,
the President-General to the Urhobo Progress Union by U.P.U.,
The President-General, Chiefs, Ladies and Gentlemen, on behalf of the entire Members of the U.P.U., Oshogbo branch, we the undersigned people welcome you and your entourage whole heartedly in our midst on this occasion of y our August visit.
We are aware of your sound
activities and improvements in the
administration of the
2. Opening of new Secondary Grammar Schools in indigenous towns in Urhobo land; and
three Scholarships awarded to Urhobo sons under the responsibility of
U.P.U. through the
We pray that God may grant you more zeal, time and wisdom to do more greater things in the near future.
On this juncture, we seize this opportunity in putting it to you to dance to the tune of the first President-General, person of the late Chief Mukoro Mowoe “Oyinvwin” (May his soul rest in peace). He laboured selflessly and made all Urhobo sons and daughters to be one both at home and abroad, and made the Urhobo Community known in the world.
With view of the present
political parties affiliations in
In conclusion we are very few, yet, we implore you to remember us while distributing appointments in the public services.
Wishing you the best of luck,
MR. J. G. LECKY MR. E. O. ERUKPORO
Apapa Branch, Lagos
The Urhobo Progress Union, Apapa Branch
An Address of Welcome Presented
Urhobo Progress Union, Apapa Branch, to
Chief T. E. A. Salubi, President-General of the Urhobo Progress Union and National Officers
on the Occasion of Their Tour Of The Branches at Ajegunle on Tuesday 9th June, 1964
We, the undersigned and on behalf of the entire Urhobos resident in this area and members of the Urhobo Progress Union, Apapa Branch have the pleasure of according you and your entourage a happy welcome into this part of the country.
Our desire to see you pay us an official visit of this nature has been long expected, despite the fact that everyone of us has the opportunity of discussing with you individually on the prosperity and progress of Urhobo land. But today, we could discuss collectively and express views which are fundamental.
This branch would like it to go on record that official recognition was given to us during your tenure of office under forces of oppression from different quarters. The opposition acted as a stimulus to our courage and the spirit to be more united rather than for the total distruction of the fundamental human right entrenched in the country’s constitution.
We would like to congratulate you and your lieutenants and, Urhobo Division as a whole for the excellent performance during the referendum for the creation of the Mid-Western Region by excelling all other divisions in their votes, either in the “White” or “Black” box. We must mention however, that the Regional Government commended the spirit by giving our legislature a considerable office when the first Government of the Region was set up. If tradition and custom is correctly interpreted, you will agree that these legislators holding offices of trust are within your authoritative jurisdiction and could be disciplined under the banner of Urhobo Progress Union whenever they go wrong; notwithstanding the political camp each of them may belong.
To achieve these objectives,
you should procure a formidable front
with your lieutenants. Let “Union” first and “Party” second be their
they have ht bitterness of the tribe and working towards Urhobo
order to match in line with other tribes in the Federal Republic of
This reminds us of the petty squabbles that exist among our leaders at
Attempts have been made by this branch including
Mr. President General Sir, we should make the Government to understand the type of amenities which require priority in the division.
EDUCATION: When you
were the Commissioner of Education in the interim Government of Western
under Emergency you were able to bring to Urhobo land four Secondary
Schools, including the aid given to
In considering the national figures of education in Urhobo, it will be seen that we are in no less on a trial balance. Therefore it would be necessary that our children be awarded Government Scholarships to various fields of learning which has been one of the major programme in the new Region.
is understood that the Government of the region proposed to establish
industries as possible. One will agree that Urhobo land will constitute
site for as many industries, apart from the mineral products found in
parts of the division. To be specific,
3. HOSPITALS: The American Baptist Mission deserves our praise for opening an Hospital at Eku which serves the whole Division including other parts of the Federation. We should pray the Government to open at least two modern hospitals sited at Orerokpe and Ughelli respectively, and dispensaries in all the Clan headquarters in our division.
4. OTHERS: The roads in the division are in a mess; and need immediate attention. Post offices are necessary to facilitate easy means of communication with our neighbours in the hither land. Pipe-borne water and Electricity should be brought nearer to our homes. We are aware that these amenities are either the regional or Federal responsibilities, but we are propounding on a programme of work for our legislators which will be guarded by you through the medium of Urhobo Progress Union, the voice of the people and our Government.
Our President General, by this
your tour, you have awakened the
spirit of weak members in the
In conclusion, we would like it
to be placed on record that this
branch appreciates your moral and financial contributions towards the
Furthermore, to make the Union a real respectable and cultural organisation as being adduced, the National Executive Committee should work on a programme by which officers of the Union, both National and Branches, who have served well, will be made to benefit either by the conferment of some Urhobo titles or otherwise. This will definitely spur the spirit of all members and those who have not registered to action.
While according you and your entourage this welcome, we anticipate with pride that the National Officers will set down to work on arrival at home and we are confident of your leadership which is second to none since the death of our noble leader Chief Mukoro Mowoe, Alias, ‘Oyinvwin’. It is our fervent prayer that Almighty God may crown your untiring efforts including your lieutenants and lead Urhobo to a successful goal.
We welcome you and your entourage into Apapa.
For and on behalf of U.P.U. Apapa Branch.
PAUL E. O. MASHONE P. O. OKU
J. E. AYAVUARE D. F. ARMAMA
TREASURER Un-Official Member
Ibadan Branch, Western Nigeria
URHOBO PROGRESS UNION,
11th JUNE, 1964
Urhobo Progress Union,
It is with great pleasure and
pride that we, the entire members of
Your past and present activities as the President-General of the Urhobo Progress Union have been sufficient to convince us that you are in every way an able leader upon whom we may safely rely for the advancement of our people. Your leadership has enabled us to accomplish much that we thought was well-nigh impossible. For example, our progress in the field of education is gratifying, many schools were approved and granted loans, and some of our boys given scholarhips. It also goes without credit to you the efficient administrative set up of the U.P.U. National Headquarters. These are just a few of the many things you have done for us. This bring so, what we not achieve under the inspiration of your leadership?
Although we have made satisfactory progress in certain fields, but there are pressing questions well worth your attention. It is impossible to disguise the fact that matters in our home are in a bad state. Our people are disunited as a result of political associations, greed and envy. We cannot afford to live in disunity. We must hit on some solution at once. Our national unity should transcend party politics.
After all, the freedom to hold what religious views one wishes, the right of the individual to any political party, are conventional in our land, hence the U.P.U. constitution has not circumscribed these rights. Members are free to join political parties of their choice, provided such association of persons are not organised for usurping the functions of the Urhobo Progress Union. Efforts should therefore, be made to make the Union the laboratory of Urhobo National Unity.
There are other burning issues,
Sir. All our people feel they will
hardly live down their loss of prestige and birth right in
Once again, we are sincerely grateful to you for the many good things you have done for our people. We pray that God may give you long life and prosperity.
B. S. EDOHWORHU H. H. ODUARAN
PRESIDENT HON. SECRETARY
An Address of Welcome Presented
President-General of Urhobo Progress Union,
Chief T. E. A. Salubi, and His Touring Team on the Occasion of Their Visit to
We the undersigned, on behalf of ourselves, the executive committee and the entire members of the Urhobo Progress Union, Lagos branch, present to you and your touring team, this 13th day June, in the year or our Lord, One Thousand nine hundred and sixty-four this humble address of welcome on the occasion of your visit to Lagos during your tour of Urhobo Progress Union branches.
In this address we shall not concern ourselves with a detail account of your life history, rather, we shall deal with that aspect of your life which is closely connected with the U.P.U. But however, concise, we cannot fail to say briefly how the “Elephant” who was bound to become the leader of Urhobo people grew up. For, in you life development and journey that took you to your present position, Urhobo youths have a lot to learn and emulate.
You were born in November,
1906, son of a farmer – Chief, at Ovu
in the Western Sector of Urhobo Division. Not satisfied with the local
in your home-town you left Ovu to
In those days the few Urhobos
who found their way to the Civil
1. You were one of the first six West Africans to pass the Royal Sanitary Institute Examination and finally passed the promotion bar to Senior Sanitary Inspector.
2. In 1943, when it became necessary for the Nigerian Government to establish the Labour department you were recommended there on departmental transfer.
3. You were one of the first three Nigerians to be sent to the United Kingdom on scholarship to train as Labour Officers. Thus, you again became the first Urhobo person to be sent to the United Kingdom on Government Scholarship.
In England you attended the London School of Economics where you
and obtained a Diploma in Social Studies. And in 1945 you returned to
5. For the first time ever, the Union have a paid administrative secretary and a paid messenger who form the Staff of the Headquarters’ office.
6. You have succeeded to fire new inspiration on the people resulting in many branches of the Union springing up with wonderful rapidity. It is gratifying to place on record that in all we now have eighty-one branches of the U.P.U.
7. The U.P.U. Almanac which was last published in 1938 has been revived and published in 1964 under your regime.
In 1957 you accompanied Alhaji I. Adegbenro, then Western Nigeria
Labour, to the International Labour Organisation conference in
9. The last of the “FIRST” but by no means the least, when a branch of the Urhobo Progress Union was formed in Lagos you were the first Hon. Secretary, a post which you held in the branch for many years.
There are but a few of the
achievements of the
But we implore you as the
father of the people, to always remember
that in the
Let us respectfully recall some
of the public speeches you made in
the past on the platform of the U.P.U., particularly the National Day
of 1963. Some portions of the message were a direct attack on your
opponents and they have rightly used such attacks as materials to
against your leadership. This situation must be guarded against in
President-General of the Union, your public speeches must of necessity
divorced of bitterness and vituperations. The forces against your
are not insurmountable. Play your part honourably and leave the rest to
U. P.U Leadership and Politics:
On the 24th of July, 1963 a selected committee of this branch held discussion with you on the matter of active politics. At that meeting we held the strong opinion that although the U.P.U. is a cultural organisation catering for the welfare of all Urhobos, the President-General cannot be effective in the discharge of his duties and responsibility to the people unless he take active party in the politics of the country. At that meeting we strongly advised the President-General to go into active politics and make his presence felt in the political arena of the country.
Our President-General, you can now appreciate our pride as a branch; you will not fail to imagine the state of ecstasy to which your presence here has thrown us. It could not be otherwise, when the first Hon. Secretary of our branch has become the President-General and he is here with us to-day.
We of this branch are not unaware of the sacrifice you have made when after attaining the post of Industrial Relations Commissioner which is the professional head of Labour Division and acted as Permanent Secretary to the Ministry, you relinquished your post on pension for the service of your fatherland. There are many who may not know that on attaining the age of 55 years you were prevailed upon to continue in Service for another three years. You were intact offered attractive ambassadorial appointments which you aptly rejected so that you may devote the rest part of your life to the service of your father land.
Before December, 1961 the Urhobo Progress Union was at its ebb. There was no organic connection between the headquarters and branches. The Union had become a spent force. No meetings were held, the Central Executive Committee only existed in name and the general council only met after many years when the issue was forced. In fact, the whole functions of the Union had been swallowed up by Party Political activities.
It is difficult to recount all
the achievements of the
1. The building of the National Secretariat at Warri and the equipment of the offices therein make the present administration unique in form and character.
2. There is now organic connection between the headquarters and the branches with the result that branches which were defunct are now awake and revived.
3. The Annual General Council now meets regularly and the last one held in December 1963 had a record attendance of 75 branches.
4. There are now regular meetings of the Central Executive Committee and in addition you have introduced a platform at which all national officers meet. This is called the meeting of National Officers.
The stand of the
We must not fail to mention the important contribution of your beloved wife, Mrs. Angela Salubi, in your onerous tasks of nation building. We have seen in your wife, Angela, a devoted wife, a life partner and a sincere comforter. We are grateful to you Angela. May the Almighty God give you health, long life, Wisdom and enduring love so that you can always be by our President-General.
Let us also seize this
opportunity to express our gratitude to Mr.
Mukoro, the Under-Secretary of the
In conclusion Sir, we would like to reiterate our stand about your leadership. We have always told you that Urhobo Youths have a lot to learn from you. As long as you do not part with the ideals for which the U.P.U. was formed, as long you continue to project the Urhobo personality in the Nigerian Community, as long as you do not compromise our interest for personal gains, so long shall we embrace and cherish your leadership and so lone shall we continue to give you our unqualified support and unswerving loyalty.
May the Almighty God give you Health, strength and wisdom to lead Urhobo people aright. We thank you.
LONG LIVE URHOBO
We are yours in the same struggle.
PRESIDENT LADY PRESIDENT HON. SECRETARY
Kaduna Branch, Northern Nigeria
Welcome Address Presented to President-General
on the Occasion of His Official Tour of Northern Nigeria, 18th - 20th, 1964,
It is a great pleasure to have
you and your entourage in this
Capital city of
Sir, it is not our wish to dig into history, but this much we know. After the death of Chief Mowoe (on whom be peace) the affairs of U.P.U. (which is synonymous with the affairs of Urhobo people) suffered a decline and were on the verge of total collapse. This decadence has its effects on almost all the corners of our national life and prestige. The existence of U.P.U. was in fact only on paper. Many branches had nowhere to turn to for inspiration and they therefore became supine, the ills of U.P.U. then were too well known; they can better be left to the historian of that interregnum of our dark era, for even today this lethargy still persists and has turned many uninformed into inveterate antagonists of U.P.U.
But the advent of your regime
has wrought is inevitable change on
the affairs of U.P.U. The Headquarters was consolidated by the building
office Block cum “hall” and the consequent election of that year
energetic officers. This wise move, coupled with the constant contact
branches mushroomed. To reflect further, the waning fortunes of our
geared up and under Chief Okandeji as Chairman of the Board of
finances and the entire affairs of the college, which were at their
blossomed, and are, we hope, waxing stronger. We noted with joy that
Urhobo students have received scholarships from the
Naturally this glowing achievements must attract attention and envy. Detractors abound who may like to besmear you, your colleagues, and your work to Urhobo nation. But Sir, be not dismayed. We pray you to play your party according to your knowledge and circumstances of the age. With your memorable philosophy of “Urhobo First” and every other thing last, your work to Urhobo people will long remained unrivalled and certainly unsurpassed.
Urhobo Progress Union has long
been established in
However, Sir, our relations
with our neighbours are cordial. The
Urhobo people in
Sir, we do not want to tedious you any further. We wish you and your entourage providential care throughout your Northern tour. We pray for your safe return to your homes. Once more, we say welcome.
J. O. Odessa
For and on behalf of U.P.U. Kaduna
Zaria Branch, Northern Nigeria
A Welcome Address Presented by
Chief the Honourable T. E. A. Salubi, O. B. E., President-General of the Urhobo Progress
on the Occasion of His Presidential Tour of the Branch Unions in Northern Nigerian
We, the entire members of the
Urhobo Community in
Such an occasion as this would
have been realized a year ago when
our able President-General planned a Country-wide tour of all Branches
We rejoiced whole-heartedly at your election to the Presidentship in 1961 and are mindful of your singular, intelligent and executive efforts in bringing a new life into the activities of the U.P.U. – the only Cultural Union in our beloved land that has economic fields. Our joys were founded on the conviction that your birth, nature of education, wealth of experience and status in the Federal Public Service would serve as a panacea to all our ills – a veritable round peg in a round hole.
We are alive to the many commitments, domestic, and otherwise, that make demands on your time and thought; but with your girt loins, you have threaded your way through to make this tour a reality. Nothing less that that supreme love of fatherland has urged you to visit your people abroad in order to acquaint and identify yourself with their short-coming, difficulties and aspirations in this their land of Sojourn. We embrace you therefore, with open arms and with filial love and say, “AVWAREN DEDWE”.
Our living in
May we seize this golden opportunity afforded by your presence this day in putting across to you some of the knotty problems facing us and affecting our destiny as a people.
getting secondary school places for Urhobo indigenes in Northern
Nigeria-creating a Centre in
(b) The adverse effect of party politics on the solidarity of the Union at home and abroad – split of the U.P.U. into Ometan and Salubi factions, engineered by Chief Obahor, Edewor, and S. Odje, abetted by an Itsekiri man.
(c) The glaring threat of the influence of Itsekiri nationalism in our national life which may lead ultimately to the loss of national identity in the very near future, perhaps not farther than a decade after the Mid-West Creation.
(d) The threat of Ibo Nationalism to disenfranchise us in the very near future by their avowed policy of settlement, growth and land acquisition in Urhobo land through high bidding to which the average Urhobo landowner falls prey.
In our candid, view Urhobo National interests must transcend the interests of party politics. We are not prepared to subject our national Union to the Whims and Caprices of successive Governments, otherwise, we should have advised your crossing the carpet. But we would appeal to you to explore all avenues open to you to settle the rift or resign politics in the interest of Urhobo Unity. We say this because after the late Chief Mukoro Mowoe (May His Soul Rest In Peace) we have never found a true leader but in you.
We pray that the shades of by-gone era in Urhobo may accompany you in this you’re an historic tour and that health, strength, and vitality may be your lot all through the way.
Go with the Iletus of Urhoboland and with God.
In the service of our fatherland.
MR. OKORO UFIBRO MR. DUVIERE OGIDI J. R. O. KWALE
PRESIDENT SECRETARY VICE PRESIDENT
MADAM JANE OMOKRI MRS. M. A. AKPOMUDJE
LADY PRESIDENT LADY EXECUTIVE MEMBER
Kano Branch, Northern Nigeria
Welcome Address Presented to
Honourable T. E.A. Salubi, O.B.E. , M. H. A.,
President-General of the Urhobo Progress Union by the Urhobo Community in
Mr. Chairman, Elders,
parliamentarians, Guest of honour, Ladies
and Gentlemen. in the name of God, the Omnipresence, the Benevolent,
Merciful and the most Mighty, we the members of Urhobo Community in
comprising the Urhobo Progress Union, Kano Branch, Urhobo youths of
hereby, on behalf of ourselves and of those not herein mentioned, bid
Important Personality, Chief the Honourable T. E. A. Salubi, and your
entourage, WELCOME to this great, ancient and historic city and town of
We are happy you remembered us in the course of your good-will tour of
and Eastern Regions of this great
We affectionately have this to say on Leadership of Urhobo nation: It cannot be argued to the contrary that the Urhobos did not feel demoralized for some good time following the death of Chief Mukoro Mowoe of blessed memory in 1948. This worthy son of Urhobo, before his demise, did and was still doing all that was humanly possible to foster unity, love and understanding among the Urhobo people till he was snatched from us by the cold hands of death. When then you retired from the Civil Service in 1961, after a meritorious career of 35 years, to wear the mantle of leadership, we say Sir, without any fear of contradiction, that we heaved a sign of relief.
Within a relatively short item
of your leadership you have caused
to be built at Warri a magnificent house to reflect the grandeur of the
cultural organisation of the Urhobo people, namely the U.P.U., and you
voluntarily given financial aid yet unexcelled to uplift that
the interest of Urhobo man’s good. And you did more. You made it
Hon. Senator M. Ejaife, Principal of the
There is the wise saying that
“unity is strength” and we can
deduce that it is the bedrock upon which a nation can be built. We are
opinion that at this stage of our country’s advancement to maturity the
for unity and solidarity among the Urhobo people cannot be
believed that only by unity that we can make our weight felt in the
for better living and take our proper place with the due respect among
heterogeneous tribes that make up this loving country of ours. But
Sir, news filtering in to us here in
We here in
We feel like saying a word on community development in Urhobo land. We think our people are still lacking in knowledge of what is meant by “Community development”. The Urhobo man is too individualistic in his way of doing things. Our petty traders, contractors, transporters, farmer, etc., are yet to be educated to realize the importance of collective bargaining. It will yield great dividends if the abovementioned classes of people are taught to pull together their resources to form big combines which, if done with the spirit of co-operation and understanding, will eventually benefit the investors more as well as provide employment to our less fortunate brothers and sisters. This too is a step toward making the Urhobo nation great.
In concluding this address Sir, we wish to refer to your National Day Message of 1062 in which you said inter alia: “It had always been my fervent wish to be able to retire in good health from the Civil Service so that I might devote the rest of my life to your service through the auspices of the Urhobo Progress Union”. It is our ardent hope therefore that you will not find any provocation, however highly mounted, to abandon the cause of Urhobos and quit the stage at this time. We again pray to God to grant you good health and long life to enable you carry on your pledge.
Chief the honourable Salubi, we hail thee! May God bless Urhobo land!
W. U. UVOH J. D. E. OMONIGHO
CHAIRMAN HON. SECRETARY
Nguru Branch, Northern Nigeria
Nguru, 23rd July, 1964
Welcome Address Presented
President General – Chief T. E. A. Salubi,
on His First Tour to Nguru Branch of U.P.U
The President-General, his entourage, ladies and gentlemen, the Youths and the infants, greeting to you all. I have on behalf of Urhobos resident in Nguru, say welcome to the philanthropic here of Urhobos, (President-General) a person of Chief T. E. A. Salubi, and his entourage into our midst in this far-north
It was in 1962 and in 1963,
this branch sent an agenda to the
general Council of Urhobos that it would be very important that the
President-General of Urhobos that it would be very important that the
President-General take upon himself to tour the Federal Republic of
in order to bring unity, understanding and love amongst the Urhobos. To
and educate the need and usefulness of coming together to form a union.
the Urhobos may understand that they are people of one origin and
The motion of your touring was also moved by one Mrs. Eduovie at
We are really proud and grateful to you, to leave off the big task that is before you, to come to see us here from many thousand miles. We thank also those who have sacrificed their time to accompany you, especially you beloved wife.
For many passed decades, President-Generals of U.P.U. had not seized an opportunity to see the Urhobos abroad, or at home of how the union was being organised. They were directors who did not know the people they were directing. Many years that passed that the Urhobos abroad every enjoyed this opportunity of a visit of President-General and knowing him in person. This opportunity that we are enjoying today was first enjoyed by Urhobo Community and members of U.P.U. during the Presidentship of late Chief Mukoro Mowoe. His tour did at that age brought good in return to people of Urhobos. May his soul rest in peace, with a great tribute to his memory.
We are really very happy and grateful for your presence with us today. You being the 4th President-General of this great Union. You have shown your true philanthropy to Urhobos by many personal sacrifices. You resigned your appointment as permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Labour in order to serve your people – Urhobos. You have worked to bring unity, progress, economics, and financial building towards the well-being of Urhobos. To name a few, when you were a Commissioner in the Emergency State Government of Western Nigeria, through your aid the Urhobo College got huge sum of money grant-in-aid, ten per cent of your salary went to U.P.U.; many Urhobos in you ministry and other ministries through your recommendation got promotions to top posts which they could not have dreamed of for next ten years. Time without number you made donations to the buildings and progress of U.P.U. and to the tribe.
Not minding the political danger that is confronting our tribe Urhobos, you still make chance to tour in order to strengthen the unity of Urhobos.
Conclusively, we the Urhobos in Nguru gratefully and happily say to you welcome, and your entourage. We pray God to guide and protect you in this your labour of nation building, and success in all your ways; Amen! Amen! Amen! With a vote of confidence in your leadership.
Yours in national service.
MR. J. B. ESIENAKIFE
Fate of our children in the
Admission to secondary schools in the north is very difficult due to
Northernisation policy. To help us here it will be good to give us a
number of pupils to be admitted yearly in