The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, has felicitated with the Urhobo Progressive Union (UPU) as it celebrate its 90th anniversary.
The monarch, in a congratulatory statement, commended the union for bringing development to Urhoboland.
The monarch prayed that God would continue to use the organisation as an instrument of development and peace.
The statement reads:
“We write as we thank God Almighty and felicitate with the foremost union in Urhoboland, as you celebrate 90 years of bringing the Urhobo people together for progressive and constructive developments.
“As designed by God in His wisdom, we are your closest neighbour, like the Bible says in Proverbs 27.10: ‘Better a neighbour nearby than a relative far away’. This divine connection has grown over the centuries and produced fruits in marriages, businesses, and several other collaborations that gladden our hearts as we send this goodwill message.
“In any relationship, there must be lows and highs. Today, the throne of our forebears’ focus on the highs as we continuously pray for the lows to become highs as we strengthen the elements that unite us as a family.
“May God bless Urhoboland, may God bless Delta State, and bless Nigeria. Once again, please accept our hearty congratulations. Urhobo wado o o!”
Founded in 1931 in Warri, UPU is Nigeria’s oldest surviving socio-cultural organisation. Initially known as Urhobo Brotherly Society, UPU was created to foster fellow feeling, brotherliness and unity among the Urhobo people.