By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
A Benue state governorship aspirant on weekend storms Kaduna state, decrying poor infrastructural development and decades backlog of salary arrears of civil servants in Benue state he described as Civil Service state.
A gynecologist, Dr. Stephen Terungwa Hwande, who was received by some Benue indigenes at a grand reception at Space 2000 Barnawa, expected to proceed to Kano state after Kaduna, according to supporters, in continuation of his states-wide tour to consult with Benue communities in Diaspora on his 2019 Governorship ambition.
Speaking to journalists during an interview in Kaduna, Dr. Hwande said the state required a fresh hand and ideas in the face of long standing challenges of basic amenities, infrastructure facing the state under the current leadership.
He assured that youth joblessness and insecurity would be addressed by providing private and foreign investment, and to revive the ailing ones and reintegrated same back into the system, if given the opportunity.
He also assured that even though currently empty, the avowed ‘food basket of nation’ the state is known for, would be returned if voted into office through the instrumentality of uniting the various ethnic groups in the state through dialogue and fully harnessing the resources the state is endowed with.
“When all this things are done and put in proper place, Benue will stop relying on federal allocation like Lagos state, even as yams processing facilities would be provided to quarantine reserves and export of quality produce from state known for producing best yam in Nigeria.”
He said even though, governorship is not a one-man show, he promised to harness human resources and not to step down for anyone if endorsed by the people, and to make the state a ‘Dubai’ and reference point before leaving.
Present at the grand reception were representatives of Tiv, Idoma, Igede, Etulo Community leaders of Kaduna state, members and leadership of National Association of Benue Indigenes, among others, saying Kaduna is home to Benue indigenes.