Why I was unable to meet target — Suswam

Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State has said he was yet to meet the target he set for himself on assumption of office in 2007.
Suswam spoke yesterday, in an interview with newsmen in Makurdi, the state capital, attributing the development to the negative attitude of the people towards governance.
Suswam said, “I set off perfectly but I won’t say I have met those targets the way I had wanted it. But on a second thought, before I came in, there were a lot of things that were not in place.
“On our attitude generally for instance, there has been a paradigm shift. When I started the roads in Makurdi, the question was whether people were going to eat the roads. The attitude was wrong. They did not appreciate the fact that people needed to operate in a decent environment.
“In fact, I almost lost my second term election because they said I was not sharing money. There is no part of Benue that you will go that there are no rural roads or electricity. These are things people never believed could be done.
“For instance the electricity project in Oju was started in 1979; they never saw electricity until I became governor. Ditto for Igbo town. So the only way I could change the negative attitude of our people was to say things and do them.
“There was no single block at the Makurdi Water Works when I assumed office. My predecessor dug a hole there but I have built that water project from the scratch and it is ready for reticulation. I said I will build a water project in Otukpo, I have successfully done so. Ditto for Katsina Ala. I have also put up a befitting Government House so that a governor can at least sleep and wake up to think properly.
“I have also done very well in the area of security. We don’t have a situation where we are fighting with our neighbours in Nasarawa, Taraba, Kogi, Cross River and Ebonyi states.”

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