The frontline governorship contender in the 2023 governorship race in Benue State, Dr. Paul Angya yesterday at the Makurdi Club 1930, Makurdi, in readiness to the Benue State 2023 governorship election, declared his position on insecurity in the state while unveiling his 2023 policy document tagged “The New Deal.”In his usual style, Dr. Angya on arrival breezed through handshakes and exchanged pleasantries with his teaming supporters and the media before settling down for the business of the day.He said from all indications the invaders of Benue, despite the untiring efforts of governor Samuel Ortom to stop them, are bent on taking over the Benue valley and he has boldly stepped out to declare his resolve to, as a trained security expert and a lawyer of many years, take over the battle of securing lives and protecting the people’s inheritance from where governor Ortom will stop at the end of his tenure in office.

He emphasized that the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law enacted by governor Samuel Ortom is the best solution to the perenial problem, promising to sustain it if given the opportunity to govern Benue.The Policy Document, according to Angya is a product of strenuous efforts of a committee studded with experts and technocrats in different fields both at home and in the diaspora and chiefly focuses on strategies on improving security in Benue State and developing the state’s economy, even as education is also considered as the cornerstone of the development of the state. Presenting the Policy Document, the chairman of the Policy and Strategy Committee and a former commissioner in Benue State, Pharm. John Enger commended the efforts of the the committee in putting together such a historic document.

In an executive summary of the New Deal for Benue,Enger said security shall be given premium attention as it is a sine qua none to achieving meaningful development in any society. Infrastructure, education, good governance, women, youths and sports development as well as health care systems are other important areas to be prioritized. Also, ICT, science and innovation, electricity and power generation, industry, trade and investment, agriculture, culture and tourism shall be given adequate attention.

Enger said.While Fielding questions from journalists, the former Director General of Standards Organization of Nigeria, (SON), who was in company of his wife and former Vice Chancellor of Benue State University, Prof. Charity Angya assured the gathering of his intention to consolidate on successes achieved by past leaders while avoiding their mistakes, having learnt valuable lessons from the challenges they face while serving the state.

He promised to do away with multiple taxation through the use of technology and implementable strategies, recommending contributory pension scheme as a panacea to ending the problems confronting pension administration in the state, as he commended the state government for taking the state towards that direction.Dr. Angya assured of political equality amongst the people of the state, stressing that tribe should not be the only criteria and qualification for seeking to govern the state, but the knowledge, experience and capacity one has acquired to lead should be placed above every other consideration.

In his vote of thanks, the Deputy Director General of Dr. Angya Campaign Organization, Elder John Olofu, appreciated all who graced the occasion, while extolling the leadership qualities of Dr Paul Angya. He further maintained that Angya’s story of achievements in the public service is an open book for all even as it is only but a glimpse of his capabilities. He called on the entire Benue population to stand behind the New Deal project until success is achieved.

Those who accompanied Dr. Angya to the occasion were his wife, Professor Charity Angya, Deputy Director General, John Olofu, Campaign Secretary, Terkura Alaigyu, Director of Youth, Dr. James Igbaakaa, Director of Media,. Hon. Philip Kwaghbo, Hon. Francis Chia, Hon. Peter Hwebe, Hon. John Godi and Hon. Mrs. Josephine Adamgbe. Others were former SEMA Secretary, Boniface Ortese, Elder Gideon Abiji, Hon. Festus Ugondo, Hon. Clement Tsar, Mrs. Victoria Nor Ugor, Godfrey Yawe, John Nyitse among others.

Signed:Clement TsarSenior Special Assistant on Media and Communication.

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