By Brenda Agba
The Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia has implored every citizen of Benue State to continue to exhibit the highest level of lawfulness and adherence to statutes.
Governor Alia who gave this charge Monday in his New Year Day address to Benue people also stressed the need to embrace the spirit of unity, tolerance, and respect for one another, irrespective of existing diversities towards creating a society where justice, peace, and progress thrive.
In his words: “As we bid farewell to 2023 and joyfully usher in the promising year of 2024, I address you as your Governor to express my heartfelt gratitude for the unwavering support and trust you have bestowed upon our administration in the past six months. It is with immense pride and deep humility that I address you today, with renewed hope for the achievements yet to come.
“Let me take this opportunity to extend my sincere appreciation to all the people of Benue State for standing strong with us, through the highs and lows of our journey. Your unwavering support has been the bedrock upon which we have built our dreams for a better future. Your dedication and resilience have propelled us forward in our quest to make Benue State a great and prosperous place for us all.”
While assuring Benue citizens that his administration’s commitment to their welfare remains unwavering as they enter into the new year, the Governor said, “The welfare of our workers, serving & retired, remains a top priority. We recognize that a happy workforce is the backbone of a thriving society, and we are committed to ensuring that your hard work is rewarded.”
Speaking further, Alia said, “I wish to reaffirm our unwavering commitment to the advancement of our infrastructural development. We shall not relent in our efforts to construct and upgrade roads, bridges, and other vital infrastructure across the state, thereby enhancing ease of movement and fostering economic growth. Together, we shall build a solid foundation upon which future generations can flourish.”
On the issue of security, the Governor restated his administration’s commitment to the safety and security of every citizen of Benue State saying it remains of utmost importance.
“We are steadfast in our determination to enhance the security apparatuses across the state, ensuring a peaceful and harmonious coexistence for all. We shall continue to work hand in hand with relevant security agencies, deploying resources and strategies to safeguard our communities and protect lives and property, and to get our IDPs back to their ancestral farmlands and homes.”
The Governor, who noted the need for robust reforms in state and local government services maintained that his administration is resolute in implementing measures that will ensure transparency, efficiency, and accountability in public service delivery.
“Through these reforms, we seek to build a government that is responsive to the needs of our people, and one that fosters an environment conducive for sustainable growth and development.
“Our commitment to the holistic development of Benue State encompasses various sectors, including agriculture, health, and education. We shall invest substantial resources and expertise into these areas, with a focus on modernizing our agricultural practices, improving access to quality healthcare, and providing quality education for our children. Together, we shall lay a solid foundation for a prosperous and healthy society,” he assured.
Alia, who expressed optimism over the incredible possibilities that the year 2024 holds for Benue people emphasized the need to embrace the new year with renewed hope, determination, and courage to face the challenges that lie ahead. “I believe in the unwavering spirit of resilience that characterizes the people of Benue State – a spirit that will propel us to greater heights,” he added.
He further prayed that the year 2024 be a year of achievement, progress, and fulfillment for people of the state.
“May the new year bring us all closer to our dreams and aspirations. On behalf of the entire administration, I wish you all God’s blessing and a prosperous New Year, and I pray God to bless our dear state of Benue. Happy New Year everyone!,” the Governor said.