Johnson Babajide – Makurdi
Benue State Governor-elect, Reverend Father Hyacinth Alia and the 32 State Assembly members elect on Wednesday received their Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Certificate of Return was presented to the governor-elect by the INEC’s National Commissioner Barr. Festus Okoye at a ceremony held at Precious event centre, Makurdi, the Benue state capital.
The governor-elect who spoke to newsmen after the event said it was a new dawn for the people of the state.
“Today marks the beginning of a new Benue which I believe is very possible. I am very confident that the members elect will make a transition and be work-friendly enough and much beneficial for the great people of Benue.
“I remain hopeful in an assembly that will produce and create avenues for peace and economic growth by making all assertions meaningful for the state. We will apply this trust maximally and optimally to the benefit of the state.
“We will not take this trust of yours for granted. We remain indebted to all who make this day possible. We will remain loyal and patriotic to the tenets of our nation. We will remain faithful and great citizens of the state and nation.
“We look forward to working with different groups and all parties in the state. We are looking forward to taking our state to height. We must all be architects of a new face of Benue. We need to make the civil service which is the engineering room of the state functional,” he said
Earlier, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, in Benue State, Professor Samuel Egwu urged those elected into various capacities during the last election to focus on governance since electioneering had been concluded.
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