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Govt bound by social contract with electorate — Suswam

By Peter Duru

MAKURDI — Benue state Governor, Mr. Gabriel Suswam has declared that government is bound by the social contract it entered with the electorate and that it would be failing in its responsibilities when the needs of life and basic infrastructures are denied the people.

Suswam, who spoke in Makurdi at the commissioning of the 4.5-km Abu King Shuluwa Road awarded and completed by his administration, maintained that the provision of infrastructure for the people of the state remains paramount to his administration.

While lauding the quality of work delivered by the contracted firm, Hajaig Construction, the governor stressed that hitherto the people of the state yearned for tangible dividends of democracy, assuring that he would not lose touch with the aspirations of the people of the state.

According to Suswam, his administration is set to make a mark for itself, by bequea-thing lasting dividends to the people in line with its set objectives as encapsulated in the Our Benue Our Future working document of the administration.

Re-election based on achievement

According to him, “I have promised that my deeds and accomplishments, and not rhetorics, will determine my re-election in 2011 and I assure you that I would not fail on my part to fulfill the social contract I have entered with the people of Benue state.”

In his remarks, the Managing Director of Hajaig Construction, Mr. Abdulna-sir Hajaig informed that the contract was executed in record time of less than 12  months and in line with set universal standards in roads construction.

In his speech on the occasion, the Commissioner for Works, Housing and Environment, Dr. Eugene Aliegba, disclosed that the contract was awarded to the contracted firm last February with a 12-month completion date, stressing that the firm delivered a quality job few months before the delivery date.

He noted that the Ministry has directed all firms handling develop-ment projects in the state to speed up work on such jobs for timely completion and commissioning by the administration.


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