Benue Gov in trouble as Idoma professionals threatens legal action over marginalization

By Austine Emmanuel, Kaduna

Young Idoma Professionals (YIP), has tasked the Benue State Governor, Rev. Father Hyacinth Alia, to be fair and just in awarding contracts for the well-publicised 500km of roads billed to be constructed in the state.

This is as the group stated that Zone C has a long history of marginalization and threaten to seek legal redress if the Idoma nation is sidelined even in the present administration.

In a press statement jointly signed and issued to newsmen in Kaduna by its conveners, Okpani Jacob Onjewu Dickson, Okpani Mike Odeh Akatu, and member Okpani Dickson Elaigwu, the group demanded for equitable distribution of road infrastructures across the state to avoid any issue that would cause chaos in the state.

YIP added that they have been watching with keen interest on the development in the state where a section of people continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy without due consideration for others.

Zone C according to the group contribute significantly to any candidate in every elections and therefore should not be treated with disdain when it comes to governance.

“We have been watching keenly with dismay that Zone C has been relegated in the scheme of things in the state, which shouldn’t be so.

“As such, we demand at least 40 per cent of those roads to be constructed with the expected loan be in Zone C.

“Although we are yet to see the list of the roads earmarked, we are sounding a note of warning that any attempts to shortchange Zone C will be resisted through every available legal means.” the statement said.

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