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Benue Takes Action Against Insecurity: To Launch 10,000-Man Security Force to Combat Rising Insecurity

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Afor Kenneth 

The Benue State Government plans to introduce a 10,000-member security outfit to enhance existing security measures and address insecurity within the state.

Governor Hyacinth Alia announced this initiative during an expanded stakeholders meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Government House in Makurdi.

The purpose of the security outfit, according to Governor Alia, is to safeguard Benue communities and provide a conducive environment for rural farmers to access their farmlands without fear.

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To support this initiative, the government is in the process of acquiring Hilux vans and motorcycles for patrols across the state.

Governor Alia commended President Bola Tinubu and security agencies for their efforts in ensuring the security of the state and the nation as a whole. He assured that the newly established outfit, predominantly composed of Benue youths, will be operational before the end of May.

Furthermore, the Governor emphasized that the stakeholders meeting was convened with the approval of the Commissioner of Police, despite the existing restrictions on political gatherings.

This gathering provided an opportunity for the government to update party members on its strategies to tackle the security challenges facing the state.

He informed the stakeholders that “some enemies of the state had gone to invite unknown gunmen to come into Benue and destabilize its peace, but that the government has been able to push the invaders back to where they came from, and will continue to do so until they are all gone, to enable the farmers return to farm to ensure food security for the state.”

Additionally, Governor Hyacinth Alia highlighted his administration’s achievements in infrastructural development, particularly the construction of both rural and urban roads. He expressed commitment to furthering these efforts to elevate the status of Benue State.

In the realm of healthcare, the Governor emphasized significant strides, including the recruitment of over 400 medical and non-medical staff at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH). He pledged to enhance both primary and secondary healthcare systems statewide.

Furthermore, he announced plans to reopen the State’s School of Nursing, with the government subsidizing half of the tuition fees for local students.

Governor Alia outlined forthcoming initiatives such as reinstating scholarship awards for students, promoting youth skill acquisition programs, and fostering interest in science-related courses.

These endeavors are aimed at advancing education and empowering the youth of Benue State.

Governor Hyacinth Alia announced that his administration had initiated contracts for the construction of over 50 roads across Benue State, with the aim of completing them within a 12-month timeframe.

Acknowledging resistance to his administration’s progressive approach, Governor Alia reiterated his commitment to prioritizing the welfare of the state above all else. He emphasized the unity within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, affirming Mr. Benjamin Omakolo’s leadership as the valid APC State Executive Chairman.

The Governor expressed gratitude to the Tor Tiv, HRM Orchivirigh Prof. James Ayatse, and the Tiv Traditional Council for facilitating harmonious relations between him and Senator George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Governor Alia cautioned against divisive rhetoric aimed at destabilizing the state, vowing to maintain stability and prevent any attempts to undermine his administration, including by former state officials.

Acting APC State Chairman, Mr. Benjamin Omakolo, debunked rumors of discord between the Governor and the APC in the state, clarifying that the Governor played no role in the suspension of Mr. Austin Agada as State Chairman of the party.

Various stakeholders, including Senator Barnabas Gemade, Hinga Biem, Nelson Alapa, Scholastica Sough, Adah Nath, and Saater Tiseer, commended the Governor for his developmental initiatives across the state.

Deputy Governor, Mr. Sam Ode, expressed unwavering support for the Governor and assured residents of Benue South of the government’s commitment to implementing beneficial policies in their region, urging continued support for the administration.

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