I’ll use Aku, Suswam blueprints to develop Benue –Tondo

John Charles Makurdi

A former Commissioner for Land and Survey and governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, John Tondo, on Sunday said, if elected, he would concentrate on providing infrastructural developments in every nook and cranny of the state, using the blueprints of former governors of the state.

Tondo said he would use the blueprints of two ex- governors, the late Aper Aku; and Gabriel Suswam, to develop the state.

He said Benue had suffered much in terms of infrastructural development and, if voted into office, would ensure that there were roads connectivity in the rural communities that would enhance the security and well-being of the people.

Tondo, who stated this while speaking with journalists in Makurdi, maintained that most governors failed in office because they did not recognise what others had done to build upon.

“This Benue is our own and it is our collective responsibility to see that we have that Benue of our dream. If you look at the blueprint right from the time of Aper Aku to Gabriel Suswam, you can transform Benue without necessarily you going to produce another blueprint.

“This is because you cannot develop a state at once but you develop it in a significant way to a point that someone can continue from where you stopped.

“I looked at Benue from the perspective of governance because when you are running for office of this nature, a lot of people would ask you questions on what  your blueprint is. That is where we get it wrong because blueprint is an issue that most times is not done by you running for that election,” he explained.

The aspirant promised to retrain and reposition the civil service for effective service delivery and to prosecute infrastructural projects with 70 per cent direct labour, stressing that the common thing that people see in development is infrastructure.

Speaking on the condition and welfare of workers in the state, the former commissioner vowed to holistically address the challenges confronting the workers.

When asked what he would do on the anti-open grazing law if voted into office, Tondo, who commended the initiative, said that he would only review the implementation of the law for the interest of farmers and herdsmen.

“Ranching of livestock is the best practice in the world but I will take cognizance of the implementation of the law to be able to halt the constant clashes between the farmers and herdsmen.”

Tondo said if given the opportunity, he would serve for one term.

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