THEME: COVID-19 and its Impact on the Urhobo Nation – Now, Next and Beyond

 

Sub-theme: COVID-19 and Health Implications for the Urhobo Nation

 Keynote Speaker: Professor Augustine Efedaye Ohwovoriole, Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Bingham University, Jos Campus.  President Association of Medical Preceptors of Nigeria.

Lead Discussants:

  • John Ogbenevwirhe Ohaju-Obodo, Professor of Medicine and Consultant Physician. Honorary Consultant to Delta State University Teaching Hospital and Chairman of the NDF/ EML Review Committee of the FGN
  • Onome Ogueh, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and Chief Medical Director (CMD) at Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Oghara

 

Sub-theme: Economic Opportunities for the Urhobo Nation Post COVID-19

Keynote Speaker: Engr. Matthew Ogheneochuko Edevbie, Managing Director, Income Electrix Limited 

Discussants:

  • Ben Akpoyomare Oghojafor, Professor of Business Administration and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Management Services, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos State
  • Ms. Helen Ese Emore, Co-Founder of Aunty Helen Foods Processing Limited and Principal Consultant of Scientia Consult a business consultancy based in Lagos

Moderator: Dr. Benson Uwheru, Partner, Ernst & Young

The Webinar which had participants all over the world in attendance resolved as follows;

  1. The Urhobo Webinar Group as a Think-Thank of Urhobo intellectuals and professionals should constantly interrogate topical issues in Nigeria and across the globe which impinge on the Urhobo Nation, and through robust intellectual discourse make recommendations and evolve pathways and options to guide policy formulation and implementation.
  1. The timeliness of the theme of the webinar and the deliberations are very relevant to the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Urhobo Land.
  1. We are struggling against an invisible enemy which is dramatically changing our lives. While the first concern is related to public health, the impact this pandemic has had and will have on the economy of the Urhobo Nation is huge.
  1. Urhobo Nation has lost sons and daughters to the Coronavirus and we extend our condolences, sympathies, and solidarity to all families, businesses, communities that have suffered loss of revenue and loved ones. A minute silence is observed in honor of those we have lost. May their souls rest in peace. Amen

COVID-19 AND HEALTH PREVENTIVE MEASURES

  1. Majority of the COVID-19 cases in Delta State are in Urhobo Land and therefore we all should be alert to the signs and symptoms of the disease
  2. Urhobo Sons and Daughters should protect themselves and others from infection by the washing of hands or using an alcohol-based sanitizer frequently and not touching your face including wearing of face masks in public places.
  3. The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
  4. Urhobo sons and daughters are encouraged to help provide PPE’s for the vulnerable and less privileged amongst us. Such support should be done directly to the people affected across our communities in Urhobo Land.
  5. The need to attract the needed medical infrastructure such as testing facilities and well-equipped isolation centers to help manage the situation in Urhobo Land is highly critical. All persons of goodwill should use their networks to attract the needed medical infrastructure support to Urhobo Land.
  6. Keep up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as WHO or the state health authorities because they are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves. The Urhobo Webinar Group website will also contain updated relevant information you can use

COVID 19 AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES

  1. The Urhobo people are a very proud and enterprising people. Driven by our core values of Integrity, Entrepreneurship, and Friendship; you will find the dynamic strides of our people all over Nigeria and the diaspora.
  1. The Urhobo Nation is blessed with abundant natural and mineral resources including distinguished professionals across various sectors of the economy
  1. The COVID-19 Pandemic has further complicated our lives due to the lockdown imposed by the government. This has resulted in a general loss of income across different segments of people and businesses in Urhobo Land.
  1. The Urhobo Nation will have to develop a proactive approach to reform initiatives that are designed to suit the local economic needs of our people. This will be the key to improving our business environment.
  1. We have to rely on the value of collective self-reliance. The Urhobo Nation should institute a think-tank of intellectuals to evolve a home-grown collaborative and coordinated response to our current situation.
  1. The Urhobo nation should develop a comprehensive self-sustaining development model that incorporates the cultural, human capital, technological and political predispositions of the Urhobo nation. The development model should cover the following key elements:
    1. Power and Energy
    2. Comprehensive Education including technical education and complete re-orientation of our people
    3. Security
    4. Development of Urhobo Technology Hubs across the LGA’s
    5. Development of Industrial Zones
    6. Agriculture and Agro-Industrial Production
  1. For the industrialization of the Urhobo Nation, a structured 25-Year Master Development Plan should be developed and religiously implemented. All progressive Sons and Daughters of the Urhobo Nation are called upon to be part of this plan with the involvement to focus on the Education of our people, Agriculture, Power, and Energy, Industry, and technology.

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