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PDP Demands Transparency from Benue State Governor

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PDP Demands Transparency from Benue State Governor
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State has called on Governor Hyacinth Alia to provide detailed information regarding the state's finances since taking office. The opposition party is demanding transparency and accountability from the governor, urging him to disclose the total accruals and expenditure of the state funds. The PDP also challenges the governor to prove his claims of improved security and peace in the state. This article delves into the demands made by the PDP and the implications of the governor's silence.

Makurdi -- The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Benue state has asked Governor Hyacinth Alia to make public the total accruals to the state since he took over the reins of governance in the state for the purpose of transparency.

The party in a statement, Thursday in Makurdi by its Publicity Secretary, Bemgba Iortyom urged the governor to render accounts of how he had been solely expending the state's funds.

The opposition party's statement came against the backdrop of the governor's cancellation of a scheduled media parley to mark his 100 days in office but later at night featured in a state-owned radio programme.

The PDP said: "The governor who, obviously fearing a roasting-alive in an interactive engagement with the press, following his pathetically poor take-off in office so far, preferred to sit down to a monologue on the radio saying things which pass him off as a victim of extreme self-deceit.

The PDP challenges Governor Alia to back his claims on radio last night about the security situation in the state by taking journalists on a tour to prove that he has restored peace and security such that displaced persons are going back to their farms.

The governor should open the books and publish how much he has received from Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, as well as from federal sources including monthly FAAC allocations, stamp duty levies, VAT, counterpart grants and others.

Governor Alia should lift the veil off his sole administratorship and render account of his expenditure so far as tallies with his claims on how he has been running the state.

The Benue State governor should not be deluded by vainglory or praise-singers to assume that the world believes all is well in the state just because he has cast a blanket of silence over reportage of continuing insecurity made worse by killings of innocent people by bandits who he refers to as his 'brothers in the bush'.

The governor should beware that it is the right of the people to know how he is expending their commonwealth, and this is a right the people will enforce sooner or later.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State has called on Governor Hyacinth Alia to provide detailed information regarding the state's finances since taking office. The opposition party is demanding transparency and accountability from the governor, urging him to disclose the total accruals and expenditure of the state funds. The PDP also challenges the governor to prove his claims of improved security and peace in the state.

The party's statement reflects the disappointment and frustration felt by the PDP and the citizens of Benue State. Governor Alia's decision to cancel a media parley and opt for a monologue on the radio has raised suspicions regarding his willingness to engage in open dialogue and address pressing issues facing the state.

The demand for financial transparency stems from a need to hold the governor accountable for his stewardship of the state's resources. The PDP is seeking clarity on the amount received from various revenue sources, including internally generated revenue and federal allocations. By making these figures public, Governor Alia can alleviate concerns about mismanagement or misuse of funds.

Furthermore, the PDP challenges the governor to substantiate his claims about the improved security situation in the state. Given the ongoing insecurity and displacement of innocent civilians, the opposition party urges Governor Alia to invite journalists and conduct a tour to showcase the alleged restoration of peace and security.

The PDP's statement serves as a reminder that governance is not a one-sided affair but a collective responsibility. The

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