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First thing I’ll do in office to ‘cleanse’ Benue state – Governor-elect, Fr Alia

Governor-elect of Benue state, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia has revealed that the first decision his administration will execute after he is sworn in would be about propping up the state’s civil service.

He stated this on Wednesday, March 29th after receiving his Certificate of Return in Makurdi, the state capital.

Fr. Alia also thanked the Benue people for giving him the opportunity to serve them, and said his first port of call after the May 29 inauguration, would be to ensure that the civil service is cleansed of unproductivity and made to be fully functional before addressing other matters.

According to priest, civil service remains the engine of every society, saying he would ensure that the civil service is functional before other things could come up.

He explained;“We are not taking the opportunity being given to us by the Benue people for granted.

“First of all, we will immediately get a drawing table to make our civil service work.

“Civil service is the engine of the society and it has to be functional before we move to every other thing. So that is going to be the number one thing on the desk”.

Meanwhie, President-elect, Bola Tinubu, earlier said his administration will eliminate corruption.

He gave assurance to Nigerians during a consultative forum with the Federation of Construction Industry in Nigeria, FOCI, in Abuja.

Tinubu said that asides from tackling the problem of corruption head-on, he would back the establishment of a construction bank.

The former Lagos governor further promised to adopt techniques that would end corrupt practices, attract, rather than scare away prospective investors.

Tinubu said; “We don’t want to scare away investors of today and tomorrow, but we promise you, we will eliminate corruption. Part of it is that we look at ourselves, too. Not just enforcement but to reduce the propensity for corruption.”