Young Idoma professionals accuse Alia of neglecting Benue south

A group, Young Idoma Professionals (YIP), has tasked the Benue state Governor, Reverend Father Hyacinth Alia, to adhere to his oath of office, by ensuring all round development of the state.

This was expressed in a statement, signed by its convener, Okpani Jacob Onjewu Dickson, made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Sunday May 5, 2024.

The group while reacting to recent contracts awarded by the state governor, lamented that despite the fact that federal allocations and internally generated revenue from the state should be distributed equitably, it is worrisome that projects publicised are in Tiv areas of the state.

“We are worried that the Benue state government under His Excellency, Reverend Father Hyacinth Alia has approved the l construction of more intra LGA roads in two councils, without any captured in the Benue South Senatorial District.

“This calls for concerns, as all parts of the state should be given equal treatment, or equity should be adopted in projects execution,” the group said.

The group therefore, charged the state government to ensure that projects are distributed equitably, while commending Governor Alia for prompt payment of salaries, as well as the massive infrastructural projects in the state capital.

It would be recalled that last week, Governor Alia approved the construction of two major roads in Vandeikya and Konshisha local government areas of the state, both in the Tiv speaking part of the state.

The governor’s approval, followed a request by the former Senator representing Benue North East, Chief Barnabas Gemade, during the thanksgiving mass/reception organised in his honour by Ityõ Jechira in Konshisha LGA.

It was gathered that the two deplorable roads earmarked for construction are Vandeikya-Korinya- Tse-Agberagba-Gungul-Awajir and Ge-Ikyobo-Agbeede-Anshagba-Iber roads.

The governor also enumerated his achievements in roads construction, solar light installation, prompt payment of salaries among others in less than one year in office, adding that his administration will do all it takes sustain payment of salaries, pensions, arrears and clear up depths that have been owed by the previous administration.