The apex body of the Urhobo Nation, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) on Sunday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to site the national headquarters of the Gas Flare Trust Fund in Urhoboland.
President-General of the union, Olorogun Moses Taiga, made the call in a letter channeled through the office of Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
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The UPU noted that the Urhobo are entitled to the gas flare trust fund headquarters as other states and ethnic nationalities have gotten what it described as “their fair share of federal government establishments.”
It stated that based on its oil and gas production and landmass impact from gas flare and operational environmental degradation, the Urhobo should be the benefactor of the headquarters location.
The president, who spoke with newsmen in Lagos on the development, said “Urhobo ethnic nationality has been a host to major oil and gas assets since the discovery of petroleum in Nigeria, producing oil and gas from Afiesere, Eriemu, Osioka, Evwreni, and Oroni fields (in OML 30) among others.