Welcome to the new edition of interview with TOBS news and thank you for giving us the opportunity to interview you sir..
A: thank you too
Q: Sir can you please tell us about yourself and your political journey over the years.?
A: Im Hon George Alli i was the former representative of the good people of Otukpo/Akpa state constituency in the Benue State House of Assembly (2007-2011) like every other Child, i had his share of primary and secondary education in Lagos(Army Children school and Apapa High school Lagos) my quest for more knowledge prompted me to enroll into the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) Ogba, Lagos state, Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic and Benue state university, Markurdi, where i obtained my Masters degree in Public Administration.
At present i am the Chief Executive Officer of Zaginas Concept Limited.
While in the House of Assembly, i was appointed first to Chair the House Services Committee. Under my leadership of the committee instituted the Dress Code for members, staff and Vistors to Assembly and state government offices. The Dress Code is still applicable several years after. I was also appointed to chair the committee on commerce , Industries and tourism. During my tenure as chairman of the committee the astute contributions to the house legislative activities were highly notable. The Speaker of the sixth Assembly, Rt Hon. Teseer Tsumba said on behalf of the principal officers of the House, commended me and other members of the committee for well done jobs and the speaker
encourage other standing committee to emulate the committee on commerce, industries and tourism headed by me.
Q:Sir owing to your immeasurable contributions to the society,you were honored with numerous awards and recongnitions please can you tell us about these awards?
A:Yes over the years i have been recognised with several awards and they include:
-Pathfinder initiatives, Best legislator from Zone C (2010).
- Best legislator of the year(2009) Voice Newspaper owned by Benue state government. -----Award of Excellence, Nigeria Rotaract Multi District information Organization.
-Benue Youth Ambassador (2008 and 2009) Excellence award for productivity representation by Ai-Agbokoko community. Ambassador for Peace award.
-Award for excellence by Igede students Association.
-Youth defender award by National Association of Idoma students, University of Jos. -Destiny Achivers award for philanthropy and humanitarian services.
-Benue state outstanding award for Entrepreneurs (2015).
-NAIS Benue state chapter award for excellence.
-Patron, SUG government of uniagric makurdi and several awards
-Fellow of the institute of professional managers and administrators also a tile holder in seven community .
Q Sir recently we heard you have intention to contest for Otukpo local govt chairmanship position is these true sir?
A:Yes the news is true
Q:.Why the decision to contest?
A: Am answering the clarion call from the good people of Otukpo local government. I also believe in developmental projects that will touch the people positively but unfortunately this has been lacking in Otukpo local government for a very long time.
Q:What are your reasons from defecting from PDP to APC?
A:We the Idomas are minority in the state so we can not afford to be in a minority party. I personally believe the only way our voice must be heard (effectively) is for us to be in the ruling party. We have a minister from our zone, a senior special assistant to the president on disability from our zone and AVM Morgan of the intelligence(fmr) was also from our zone so I have no business in doing opposition.
Q:What are your intentions for your people if you are elected the chairman?
A: If am elected, I will bring my wealth of experience in the organized private sector to play in running the local government. Lately most local government chairmen depend solely on what comes in as allocations from federation account but I will create wealth using my private sector experience.
Q:Sir,are you confident of your victory in the forth coming Local Govt. elections?
A:i am very confident that i will win because the good people of Otukpo believes in good governance and i believe they will make the right choice.
Q:What is your advice for idoma people regarding politics and the upcoming chairmanship election?
A:My advice to Idoma youths concerning politics is that they should not see politics as a profession the way most of them do, they should shun political thuggery because politicians know how to use people and dump them like hot potato when they don't have needs for them.
Thank you once again sir for granting us these interview and we wish you all the best in the forthcoming elections.
George:thank you too.