Alia debunks repeal of anti-open grazing law

By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

Benue State Governor Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia on Wednesday dismissed in its entirety the speculations making around and outside the state that his administration has repealed the anti open grazing and ranches establishment law 2017.

Governor Alia assured the people of the state that his administration has rather strengthened the law more with stringent and stiff measures awaiting offenders of law.

The governor further described the speculations as false and unfounded fashioned by certain enemies of the state who are out there to distract his administration.

He promised not to be distracted but remain focused and committed to taking the state to the promised land.

Alia dismissed the insinuations demeaning his administration for repealing the anti open grazing law while addressing mammoth Benue crowd on the occasion of 25 years of uninterrupted Democracy in Nigeria and the state in particular at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) Square in Makurdi.

“My administration is focused and committed in ensuring the deliverance of Democracy dividends to the Benue masses by executing policies and programs that have direct bearing on the lives of the people,” Alia promised.

The governor also highlighted some of his modest achievements, cutting across Infrastructure, Health, Education, Agriculture and International Investment among other sectors of the state economy within one year.

As an agrarian state, the Governor revealed that his administration procured and distributed 300 metric tons of fertilisers at 50 percent subsidised rate to farmers for N12,500 against N25,500 and the construction of two overhead bridges in Gboko and Makurdi towns.

In Education, the governor said his administration has been able to register WAEC, NECO and NABTEB exams for final year students in government schools, reconstruction and modernisation of the Benue state house of Assembly complex, payment of workers salaries, pension and gratuities among numerous achievements in the state within one year without borrowing a dime from any quarters.

Fielding questions from Nigerian NewsDirect, Hon. Mrs. Comfort Agbo, the Caretaker Committee Chairman, Gwer East local government council,described the governor as God’s sent to the people of Benue state as his leadership disposition is the true reflection of the confidence Benue people reposed in him during the 2023 governorship polls.

The chairman also felicitated with the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Governor Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia, his deputy Barr. Sam Ode and the Speaker, Benue assembly Hon. Aondona Dajoh on the auspicious occasion of the 2024 June 12 democracy Day celebrations.

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