The Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia, has promised the people of Benue State massive development if elected as the next governor of the state in the governorship and state assembly elections coming up on Saturday.

During his live interviews on Ashi Waves 99.9FM, Katsina-Ala, Sunrays Radio 103.1 MHz, Konshisha, and Sounds Smith 90.9FM, Gboko, Fr. Alia spoke about key issues in the areas of security, agriculture, ICT, economy, and unemployment etc.

He pledged to return internally displaced persons (IDPs) back to their homes within his first 100 days in office if elected. Fr. Alia also promised to reposition traditional rulers and restore peace in the state, as well as prioritize the payment of salaries and pensions.

He expressed confidence in his abilities as a Rev. Father, saying that they make good administrators, and he is well-equipped to take Benue State to the next level of development.

The incoming Governor took his time to explain that Reverend Fathers are trained in various aspects of administration during and after their seminary training. These skills are not limited to just religious affairs but also include financial management, organizational behavior, human resources, and public relations, which is what governance is all about. This broad-based training equips priests with the necessary skills to run various kinds of organizations, not just religious ones.

He further stated that priests are often responsible for managing the day-to-day affairs of their churches, schools, hospitals, and religious organizations. This includes managing staff, finances, and resources, as well as dealing with the needs of their congregations. These skills are transferable to other areas of administration and can be used to effectively manage government agencies.

In addition, being a priest requires a high level of discipline, dedication, and commitment to serving others. These qualities are also essential for effective leadership and administrative management. 

Fr. Alia challenged the current government to tell the people of Benue what they have done in the last eight years and promised to ensure that money meant for the development of the state will be used for the same purpose.

Fr. Alia emphasized that the only experience he lacked is that of looting, stealing, and non-payment of salaries, but he is equipped with the necessary skills to fix Benue State. He believes that peace begets peace and that one cannot give out peace if they don’t have it.

Furthermore, he stated that he was not coming to fight politicians but to fix Benue State that has been broken into pieces over the years. He pledged to build a mega-ICT institute for the youth of the state.

His promise to prioritize peace and prosperity in Benue State is a welcome development, as the state has been plagued by several security challenges in recent years. His track record as a clergyman and community leader also puts him in good stead to deliver on his campaign promises.

Fr. Alia’s promises to the people of Benue State demonstrate his commitment to the development and progress of the state. His emphasis on peace and transparency in governance is inspiring and speaks to his integrity as a priest. Benue State will be fortunate to have such a dedicated and visionary leader as Fr. Alia.

As the people of Benue State prepare to head to the polls on March 18th, they have a crucial decision to make. They must choose a candidate who has the vision, competence, and integrity to lead the state towards a brighter future. Fr. Alia has presented himself as such a candidate, and it is up to the people of Benue State to decide if he is the right person for the job.

Regardless of the outcome of the election, it is hoped that the winner will prioritize the interests of the people and work towards making Benue State a better place. May the will of the people prevail, and may peace and prosperity reign in Benue State!

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