The state’s governor, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, and the House Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aondona Dajoh, were both given votes of confidence by the Benue State House of Assembly on Friday.
The member representing the Mata State constituency of the Ushongo local government area, Hon. Simon Gabo, moved the motion that resulted in the confidence vote. He said that since taking office, Governor Alia has implemented policies and initiatives that have restored the Benue people’s faith in government.
According to a statement sent to Governor Alia’s chief press secretary, Mr. Tersoo Kula, Hon. Gabo disclosed that in just six months of taking office, Governor Alia has stabilized the payment of salaries to employees and pensions to retirees, completed some road projects, and completely renovated the deteriorated old Assembly Complex.
He claimed that the governor’s ability to complete all of these tasks quickly and without taking out loans demonstrated his efficient and open use of public resources.
The House Chief Whip, Hon. Peter Ipusu, seconded the motion and stated that the governor had also invested in the welfare of House members by purchasing high-quality vehicles. He also stated that the Speaker should receive a vote of confidence because of the efficient way in which he has guided the House in his brief tenure as Speaker.
Following a voice vote, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aondona Dajoh, cast the vote and praised the House for deeming him and the governor deserving of the confidence vote. She also highlighted that the House’s move will undoubtedly raise the governor’s morale to higher performance.