Fr. Hyacinth Alia Promises to Prioritize Payment of Salaries, Pensions in Benue. Hyacinth Alia, the Governor-elect of Benue State, has expressed concern that the state’s civil service is on the brink of collapse and in urgent need of attention similar to that provided by an intensive care unit.
However, he has vowed to revitalize the system and make it productive once again. Alia made this statement after visiting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, to express his gratitude. George Akume, the Minister of Special Duties and a former Governor of Benue, introduced him to the President.
Alia, a former Roman Catholic priest, won the Benue Governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, defeating Titus Uba of the Peoples Democratic Party. He revealed that when he takes office on May 29, 2023, he will prioritize paying the state’s backlog of salaries, pensions, and gratuities.
Alia stated that the state’s civil service is in a pitiful condition, with a large amount of unpaid salaries, pensions, and gratuities. He stated that he intends to revitalize the system and restore it to its former glory. Alia stated that Benue State is an agrarian region that is underperforming in terms of its ability to feed the entire nation. He intends to boost agricultural productivity across the entire value chain. Fr. Hyacinth Alia Promises to Prioritize Payment of Salaries, Pensions in Benue.
Alia was also asked about his plans to alleviate the violent clashes between farmers and herdsmen, which have been exacerbated by the anti-grazing law. He responded by saying that Benue people are friendly and hospitable and that his administration will work to ensure that everyone feels at home in the state. He added that the Benue State Assembly is a knowledgeable institution that will work for the people and perform the work of the people. It is impressive how he came out to contest for the office of the governor despite being a religious leader.