Immediate past governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, at the weekend, lamented the current situations in the health and education sectors of the state, calling for their immediate rescue.
Addressing some members of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) at his residence in Ondo city, while being presented the incumbent deputy governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi as a new member of the party by the party Chairman, Joseph Akinlaja, Mimiko noted that the two sectors are very important to the survival of the people of the state.
He emphasized that the divine approval for procreation didn’t mean that pregnant women should die during labour.
The two-term governor stated that healthcare services should be made affordable and accessible to the people of state particularly the underprivileged.
He analysed that education is a launchpad for everyone to greatness, adding that a child from a poor background could be great if he or she has access to affordable education.
Welcoming Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi to ZLP, Mimiko harped on the need for the party to put the two sectors in the right shape for the benefit of the people of the state.
Meanwhile, while reacting to series of allegations levelled against his administration by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, particularly on issue of abandoned projects, Mimiko said it was not yet time to compare his government with his successor’s but when campaign started.
He declared that any political party or government that could not understand and meet the needs of the masses could not be described progressive, adding that ZLP was the only party that had the love of the people at heart and care for them.
The ZLP national leader described the deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, as a well groomed and seasoned politician who had no attitude to hide again, saying “All his good and bad sides, we know, we do not expect surprises.”
It would be recalled that Dr. Mimiko made unprecedented landmark in healthcare system of the state while in office.
With establishment of Mother and Child Hospitals in the state, which reduced drastically mortality rate among pregnant women and babies, the healthcare system of the state became a UNICEF reference point.
But in less than two years after Mimiko left government, the healthcare system of the state has collapsed.
Mimiko’s concern for education sector stemmed from the outrageous hike in tuitions of the state-owned tertiary institutions in the state by the Governor Akeredolu-led administration which had sent many students out of school prematurely as they could no longer afford the fees.
He assured the people of the state that ZLP would come to the rescue and reposition all sectors of the state, particularly health and education for the betterment of the people.