The Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has said his government had set the state on an irreversible path, which has turned it to cynosure of all eyes within seven years. The governor said through the efforts of his administration in the state, the state had now become the reference point for good governance across the country. Mimiko spoke at the 84th edition of the monthly praise thanksgiving programme tagged “Divine Agenda”, held at the International Events Centre in Akure, the state capital during the weekend. While speaking on the achievements of his administration in the last seven years, Mimiko said his government had performed excellently in the health sector, Agriculture, Urban renewal programme and particularly the ‘Abiye’ initiative, which had helped in reducing maternal mortality by seventy percent. According to the governor, “we got an information that one of us went to Togo for an International conference and delivered a paper on our safe motherhood programme and they said we will receive visitors from the whole of Africa very soon. “At that conference, everybody said they would come to Ondo State to learn the trick of maternal death reduction. “It is just amazing, when you look back seven years up, we’ve reduced maternal death more than seventy percent, this is a verifiable data. “We started safe motherhood programme to have the best facilities in terms of quality services and also offer complete free services. There must be a clear distinctions between quality and affordability. “We have proved that we can remove financial barriers completely and still offer qualitative services to our people. “God has blessed the state with this uncommon grace, the people have been there for us through thick and tin. It has not been bird of roses but we are happy because God is our strength. “We are always overcoming all our challenges. God has turned our reproach to blessing, most especially on this event centre. The opposition thought that this will be abandoned project.” While speaking on the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state, Governor Mimiko urged the people not be carried away with the propaganda opposition. He assured the people that God will choose the man after His heart to lead the state when he finally bows out on 24th of February 2017. He said, “I also prayed specially that after our tenure, when we bow out, a man after the heart of God will take over in the state, a man that will have the heart for the people, because if you are brilliant and you don’t have the heart for the people, you cannot succeed. “The man must be sensitive to your needs. When election comes in October, you must lay your bed very well. Don’t be carried away with the propaganda.”
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