Governor of Benue State, Hyacinth Alia has appealed to the leadership of the NLC and TUC to reconsider their actions for a planned nationwide industrial action, by exercising little more patience as government is working round the clock to meet their demands.
Alia declared that although his administration does not consider regular payment of pensions, gratuity, and public workers’ salaries as achievement, it is more determined to sustain the practice stabilising welfare package of the states workforce.
The Governor made the disclosure during his address to the state in commemoration of Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day celebration, on Sunday, October 1, 2023.
He stated amongst other things that his administration will not deploy propaganda and political blackmail in governance, but would instead, allow its achievements in office speak.
He said the government under his watch, has left the door opened for innovative ideas and constructive criticisms, adding that corruption and nepotism are already being relegated, especially as the administration is poised to foist the flags of merit, equity, equality, justice and fairness in all its dealings.
While appreciating the people of the state for believing and standing by him to deliver good governance, the governor equally saluted the people who made the country’s independence possible, thanking God for keeping the country together despite some events that have in the past threatened the its peaceful coexistence.
Speaking on the brighter future of the state, the governor said he recognizes that the agricultural sector in Benue has the potential to boost food security and enhance job creation when fully tapped, saying it is the reason why his administration procured 100 trucks of fertilizer for distribution to farmers at subsidized rates, shortly after coming into office.
He added that the Renewed Hope in the state is equally translating into realities, mentioning the award of contracts and mobilisation of contractors to site, for the construction of 16 strategic roads within Makurdi metropolis, the ongoing ICT training of 10,000 Benue youths by the Government in collaboration with Google and Microsoft; continuous Capacity Development Scheme for all civil servants in the state, as well as the establishment of the Entrepreneurship and Wealth Creation Bureau.