Benue2023: Guber aspirant promises healthcare trust fund


By Nicholas Dechi
Makurdi, May 10, 2022 Benue governorship aspirant, Dr Mathias Byuan, has promised to establish a State Health Trust Fund with a mandate to handle special ailments if elected in 2023.
Byuan, who is contesting on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said this this on Tuesday in an interview with newsmen in Makurdi.
According to him, the fund will take care of some ailments, such as cancer, liver and kidney failure, among other high cost health challenges.
He also said he would overhaul the state’s healthcare system and make provisions for yearly training of medical professionals for effective service delivery.
Byuan said he would partner with investors to explore the mineral resources that are found in all the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.
“We shall explore the gold in Ikyogen in Kwande LGA and refine it for exportation.
“We shall sign agreement with the Federal Ministry of Petroleum and its sister-agency, Frontier Exploration Services, to explore our crude oil in Guma LGA of the state.
“We shall explore lead and coal in Logo and Ogbadibo LGAs, respectively, by partnering with the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development,” Byuan said.
The governorship hopeful further pledged that if elected he would relieve parents from the burden of payment of school fees by running a free education for all primary and post primary students.
He also said that he would establish a Benue Security Watchdog Outfit that would be saddled with the responsibility of addressing security concerns in the state.
“The outfit shall work in conjunction with the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies including traditional rulers, religious leaders and Community Vigilante Groups.
“This is for effective surveillance, information sharing and intelligence gathering for the safety of every citizen.
“It shall guarantee a crime-free state for our people as security is everyone’s concern,” he said.