Urhobo Historical Society



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF URHOBO

HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOLDING AT PETROLEUM

TRAINING INSTITUTE EFFURUN, 27TH NOVEMBER, 2009

 

An Address by Olorogun Felix Ibru

President General, Urhobo Progress Union

 

Your Majesties of Urhoboland,

Ilorogun of Urhoboland,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

 

Nothing is more important in the duties of the President General of the Urhobo Progress Union than helping to advance discussions on Urhobo progress. Such discussions include an appreciation of Urhobo history and culture.

 

I congratulate Urhobo Historical Society for devoting its enormous intellectual energies to the analysis and interpretation of Urhobo history. Today’s opening ceremony, which includes the launching of a landmark book on the remarkable life history of one of UPU’s most outstanding leaders, is most pleasing to me as the leader of Urhobo Progress Union.

 

On Sunday, November 29, 2009, I will lead a delegation of Urhobo Progress Union to Ovu where Urhobo Historical Society is holding its Thanksgiving Services.

 

We will take the opportunity of that visit to Ovu to honour three Presidents – Chief Omorohwovo Okoro, Chief John Okpodu and Chief T.E.A. Salubi –who served our Union with distinction.

 

We thank Urhobo Historical Society for its initiative for honouring our past leaders.

 

We appreciate the fact that Urhobo Historical Society has worked with other Urhobo Associations, such as Urhobo Social Club, Lagos, under the umbrella of Urhobo Progress Union.

 

I also particularly want to express my strong approval of the works of Urhobo Organization in the Diaspora which seek to enhance the progress of our people. In this sense, Urhobo Historical Society is in the forefront of the movement that is destined to uplift the fortunes of the Urhobo people. It has done so in large part by working with Urhobo Progress Union.

 

On behalf of the Urhobo people, I wish to thank Prof. Peter Ekeh, Dr. Isaac James Mowoe, and their other colleagues who have worked tirelessly for the progress of Urhoboland.

 

It is my hope that this conference will be a huge success and that it will contribute in vital ways to the progress of Urhoboland.

 

Wa ko bi ruo!

 

 

May God save Urhoboland.

 

May God save Nigeria.

 

 

Olorogun Felix Ovuodoroye

President-General

Urhobo Progress Union

 

Presented at Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun

27 November, 2009

 

 


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