Monday, May 29, 2023

Our State Benue Needs Total Reset – Governor-elect Alia

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Benue State governor-elect, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia has lamented the poor governance level in the state.

Addressing his supporters in Makurdi after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him the winner of the March 18 governorship poll in the state, the Catholic cleric-turned-politician pledged to clear all outstanding salary arrears and pension.

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“Our state Benue needs a total reset. Governance in our state has hit a historic low. We need all hands to be on deck. We need men and women whom the stool of office cannot buy.

“We need all who believe that a new Benue is possible. I believe there is an even greater obligation to tell the Benue people about the difficult challenges we have faced and how we will work our way through them.

“We will clear the backlog of arrears of salaries, pensions, and gratuities, resettle our Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in their ancestral homes.”

The governor-elect has promised to resettle the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Benue and also combating security challenges facing the state.

He asked them to join him to build a greater Benue for the overall good of the people, adding that politicking is over with the challenges of development facing everyone in the face.

The Catholic priest won 473,933 votes ahead of his closest rival and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Titus Uba, who scored 223,913.

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Alia, who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is expected to take over from Governor Samuel Ortom of the PDP.

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