Benue: Governor Alia admits state’s lagging development status among Northern states

Benue Governor Hyacinth Alia recently acknowledged that the state lags behind the other 19 states in Northern Nigeria in terms of development.

This statement was made during a Ramadan fast-breaking event with the Muslim faithful in Makurdi.

Governor Alia asserted his determination to reverse this situation, expressing his administration’s commitment to implementing developmental projects that would elevate Benue to a position of pride among the nation’s states.

He highlighted the installation of solar streetlights as one of the initiatives currently underway.

Despite facing opposition, Governor Alia remains resolute in his mission to address the state’s developmental challenges. He emphasized the importance of prioritizing the needs of the people over other demands, reaffirming his dedication to serving the interests of the citizens who voted for him overwhelmingly.

“Today I invite the young generation to go to the farms. Let us go to the farm. Join cooperatives and we will support you. The state government will give you the capital to farm.

“Nigeria should not be talking about food insecurity. Benue alone can feed Nigeria if crises are stopped and farmers are able to return to their farms,’’ he said.

He admonished Nigerians to unite to be able to confront common enemies like bandits, kidnappers and corruption among others.

The governor stressed that Nigerians needed unity in diversity to make meaningful progress in the comity of nations.

“We are all one. And this is why we have intermarriages. My sister is married to one of you (Muslims) and I find a lot of love in her home.

“All our holy books speak about peace and love. Why do we create divisions and hatred?

“The one who created us all desires that we are peaceful and love one another,’’ he said.

Alia also enjoined Nigerians to change their perception about government; about themselves and about religion, stressing that none of the holy books talked about picking tents against one another.

“We were living together peacefully for decades until the bad guys, bandits and gunmen came killing us.

“They are not our friends. They don’t want peace. They are against us and we must unite to stop them.

“We are the ones to prevent insecurity. The police and military can only help us to succeed. So no bad egg should hide under our good shield to cause us harm,’’ he said.

He noted that President Bola Tinubu meant well for Nigeria and especially for Benue and needed the collective support of the people to succeed.

“Pray for President Tinubu. He means well for Nigeria and for Benue,’’ Gov. Alia admonished.

The Chief Imam of Benue, Malam Umar Garba also said that the Muslim community in the state was at peace with the Benue development agenda.

Garba, a member of the Benue Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy said any society that God desired to bless, He would first bless with a God-fearing leader.

“We ask God to bless Gov. Alia and bless Benue people. Any society that God wants to bless, He usually blesses it with a God-fearing leader.

“God did not make a mistake by making Alia the governor of Benue,’’ he stressed.

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