Mr. Terlumun Ikya, an economic consultant, joined the race for the 2023 Benue gubernatorial election. Ikya, currently a project management consultant, coordinates the federal government‘s micro, small and medium-sized activities.
Enterprises (MSMEs) said this when addressing reporters in Abuja on Thursday. He said he felt compelled to run for the exalted office due to the level of poverty in the state.
“Yes. I have the desire to lead Benue as governor and the desire depends on the fact that poverty is high in the state.
“I have read reports in the past indicating that when we operated the regional system in northern Nigeria, Benue province, known as Tiv province, contributed the second highest tax to the then northern region only after Kano, what happened?
“Today, we can’t even make enough money to pay salaries without talking about repairing infrastructure and providing other basic services, so we need to look at these issues and I think I have some ideas.
“And by working with my people, if we are elected governors of the state, we can address those issues and make the state more prosperous,” he said.
Ikya, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said he was a loyal party member with close friends in other opposition parties such as the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
“When you aspire to be governor, you are not aspiring to be governor of a party but governor of a state and you have no choice, you must work with everyone,” he said.
The hopeful said there were many prominent issues that needed to be addressed in the state and vowed to focus on them if elected in 2023.
Ikya said that it was necessary to analyze the problems in the education sector, the curriculum that is being implemented and the lack of play areas for children in schools and at home.
“There is a problem with the development of our children and it is not what we go through. So the government has the responsibility to fix the public schools and not only fix the public schools, but also look at the curriculum that we operate with, ”he said.
Ikya said that the sector must reposition itself technical education was prioritized was development.
The candidate said that, if elected governor, due attention would be paid to the health sector and said that it was very painful to see many people die of COVID-19 due to the lack of oxygen and ventilators.
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