April 28, 2024

Gov Alia told to concentrate on governance


Gov. Hyacinth Alia

By Peter Duru, Makurdi

A group under the aegis of Tiv Youth Patriotic Front, TYPF, has advised Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue state to concentrate on the business of governance and desist from accusing his predecessors of interference in his government.

Recall that Governor Alia had Friday when addressing members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Riders and other groups who came to welcome him back to the state after his working visit to the United States of America, urged former Governor’s of the state to shut up if they had nothing positive to offer the state

The Governor had said: “Even if you are a former governor of Benue State, if you don’t have anything positive to contribute to Benue, shut up, because you did your part during your terms and it is over, so you must give peace a chance and allow this administration to fully establish and carry out what we promised the people.

“If you are in the state, know exactly what you are saying. Criticisms both on me and my administration are very much welcome but check and verify your facts before putting them out to the public bearing in mind that words have consequences.”

Reacting to the Governor’s comment, the TYPF in the statement by its President, Comrade Daniel Yoosu said the Governor should not blame his predecessors for his actions and inaction as Governor saying “nobody is interfering in his government.”

He said “How could Governor Alia who has frozen the state’s accounts thereby paralyzing day to day running of government accuse his predecessors of interfering in his government?

“The governor has been solely responsible for the actions and inaction of his government, thereby creating a rift between him and his party, the APC.
How then does he find it convenient to accuse his predecessors of interference?”

The group also alleged that despite claims that the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law was still in force in the state, it discovered that herdsmen were grazing their cows openly in the state without being arrested by the livestock guards.

They urged the Governor to prioritize security and fully implement the anti-open grazing law to check herdsmen from killing Benue people and taking over their lands.

The group also called on the Governor to take steps to fulfill his campaign promises of “resettling the Internally Dispalced Persons, IDPs, back to their ancestral homes, clear arrears of salaries, pensions and gratuities as it is the case in all other states of the federation.”

They maintained that it was time to fulfill campaign promises and not time to chase shadows, cry wolf or engage in propaganda but time to “concentrate on the business of governance.”