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Benue: I Inherited N359bn unpaid salaries – Alia

Benue state governor, Hyacinth Alia, has said he inherited over N359 billion in unpaid salaries owed to workers in the state.

The governor made this known during his thank-you tour of Enone, which includes the Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo federal constituency.

He criticised the previous administration for failing to pay workers and accused it of falsely claiming that federal funds were denied for salary payments.

Governor Alia pledged to prioritise timely salary payments, adding that civil servants in Benue state will now receive their salaries on the 22nd of every month, instead of the previous 25th.

In addition to addressing salary issues, Governor Alia promised to revive the Igumale Cement Factory and improve infrastructure.

He stated the importance of good roads to attract investors and announced plans to construct access roads in the area.

On electricity, Governor Alia vowed to illuminate Okpoga with 5000 kw of power to alleviate the community’s challenges.

He also urged the people to continue to support his administration and be patience with the federal government’s policies.

Earlier, a former senatorial candidate and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Daniel Onjeh, urged the governor to match actions with words in fulfilling campaign promises to the people.

Onjeh said the opposition parties are mocking the people of Benue South that the governor has abandoned them in terms of infrastructure and appointments.

“The opposition is asking what you have done for Benue south. We want to see things manifest. Do not be distracted by the blackmail of the opposition”, he said.

APC acting chairman Benjamin Omakolo said the governor inherited a dead state and is working hard to bring it back to life.

During the event, over 500 persons the three local government defected from the opposition parties to the APC at the event.

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