The Urhobo Mandate and Equity Forum, UMEF, has clarified that the Federal University of Petroleum Resources is located in Ugbomro and not Effurun, as it has been wrongly portrayed.
The group accused the traditional rule of the Uvwie Kingdom, as well as Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who represents Delta Central, for supposedly misleading the Senate on the issue of the rightful owners of the land and community where the university is based.
According to a statement released in Benin, Edo State, yesterday, the group’s coordinator, Samuel Afurhe said, “It is a fact that FUPRE is located in Ugbomro, and not Effurun. Even the immediate past Senator, Chief Ighoyota Amori, in his same bill for an Act to Establish FUPRE, in 2015, which had passed first reading at the Senate and awaiting concurrent passage and signing int law by former Presidnet Goodluck Jonathan before he left office on May 29, acknowledge Ugbomro as the host community.
“After the then Federal Executive Council FEC, during former President Olusegun Obasanjo, gave the directive to establish FUPRE, in March, 2007, the federal government wrote letter to the Traditional Prime Minister (Unuevworo) of Ugbomro, to provide the land in Ugbomro on which FUPRE is presently situated.”