February 25, 2024
My mission is to liberate Benue people from endemic poverty – Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia

My mission is to liberate Benue people from endemic poverty – Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia

The APC’s governorship candidate in Benue, Rev. Fr. On Sunday, Hyacinth Alia declared that his main political goal was to free the people of Benue from endemic poverty.

Alia stated in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that he had resolved to free the people of Benue from inept leadership.

Mr Ado Mohammed, the Governorship Candidate’s Media Adviser, signed the statement.

 

He declared that the time had come to put an end to the state’s “unconscionable looting of public funds, poverty, and economic backwardness” since its inception on February 3, 1976.

According to him, it is regrettable that most of the state’s successive rulers have shown blatant disregard for the well-being of the people.

“Successive rulers of the state have failed to address the plight of the governed and to harness the state’s enormous natural and human resources for the benefit of the citizenry,” he said.

Alia revealed that he had devised a “bold and strategic comprehensive plan of action aimed at revitalizing key areas of the state’s local economy.”

He stated that the blueprint would stimulate economic growth, increase productivity and prosperity, and raise the standard of living in Benue.

The governorship candidate stated that the APC campaign manifesto and development blueprint would be unveiled at the time set by the Independent National Electoral Commission for electioneering campaigns.

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“I have always believed that the nation’s sustained comprehensive growth and technological advancement is partly dependent on equitable distribution of prosperity and improved people’s standard of living.”

Alia identified agricultural transformation, food security, education, communication technology, industrialization, and commerce as key components of economic development and national transformation.

Other areas he mentioned included rural development, human and social development, security, tourism, and environmental management.

The APC leader expressed regret that, despite being the global leader in yam and cassava production, Nigeria had yet to be recognized as an exporter of the products.

He claimed that Nigeria was trailing behind Ghana, which he claims is responsible for 75% of all African yam exports.

“Of Nigeria’s 60 million tonnes of yam produced annually, the majority of which comes from Benue State, only 200 tonnes are exported, and 30% of this meager figure rots in transit due to poor preservation.”

“At the end of each farming season, yam farmers and exporters have continued to count their losses rather than their gains,” Alia said.

My mission is to liberate Benue people from endemic poverty – Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia

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