The All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA, on Wednesday flag off Governorship campaign in Benue State with the promise to raise 300, 000 millionaires at the end of four years.
Governorship candidate of the party in the state, John Aondohemba Tseayo, who disclosed this at the campaign flag off in Ushongo town, north eastern part of the state said his government will support farmers for the production of three key crops namely, cassava, soybeans and sesame.
He explained that Benue State has no reason to wallow in poverty given its comparative advantage in agricultural production.
“I have discovered that farming brings a lot of money in returns. Our brother Aper Aku, the first Executive Governor of Benue State recognised this when he was the Governor and created farm development centres. I will revisit that programme when you vote me in as your Governor.
“My government will ensure that you have value for your farm produce. My government will provide support by way of providing farm input and machinery so that our people will move away from primitive way of farming to mechanised farming.
“And after harvest, government will buy up the produce and by so doing, we would be helping in price control,” Tseayo explained.
According to Tseayo, through agriculture, his government will have money sufficient to ensure free and compulsory education for primary and secondary education as well as improved healthcare delivery, which would be made free for the old, pregnant women and under-five children.
“My government will invest in healthcare delievery so pregnant women, the aged and children of under five years old will be attended to at no cost,” Tseayo said.
He also talked of vocational and technical education to empower touth with skills so that they are self reliant. He said upgraded chiefs in Benue state are the first point of call in resolving local disputes and in spite of their role in peace building and security, they receive no insensitive from government. To this group, Tseayo said when elected as Governor, he will work to ensure that they are placed on government pay roll.
The APGA Governorship candidate said decayed infrastructure and institutions amidst poverty have moved him to contest for the number one job in the Nigeria’s Food Basket State and called for support to win the election.
Justine Ibya, who assured Tseayo of their support said, inspite of being their son the people of Ushongo are known for excellence and abhors corruption and greed.