By Dayo Johnson
GOVERNOR Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State yesterday assured the people of the state of even provision and distribution of infrastructure across communities in the state that would make life worth living.
He spoke at Igbara Oke in Ifedore council of the state during a Town hall meeting with stakeholders in the council. Yesterdayâ€™s Town hall meeting is the third since the governor assumed office.
Dr Mimiko said the present administration in the state would ensure that development is evenly spread and that no community would be neglected like previous administrations.
He told the gathering, including traditional rulers in the council and others in the neighbouring councils that physical projects that are visible would litter communities across the state.
Dr Mimiko noted that now that all political appointments have been completed, the administration would begin to reel out its programmes that would alleviate poverty and make life meaningful for the people.
The town hall meeting is a programme put in place by the present administration to create a platform for the promotion of interactive and consultative relationship between the government and the people at the grassroots to enhance good governance in the state.
Speaking at the occasion Information Commissioner, Ranti Akerele said the programme would afford the government the opportunity to obtain necessary feedback directly from the people rather than obtain such through rumours which may be at the detriment of the state.
Akerele added that one of the primary goals of the present administration is to create â€œa new Ondo State where people value honesty and loyaltyâ€.
The Commissioner said the government would remain focused in its resolve to intervene responsibly in direct employment and social services like health, education, housing, soft credit and other poverty reduction mechanism.
According to him, this would ensure that the weakest in the society is given opportunity to develop and actualize their potentials.
The Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperative Services, Clement Faboyede listed the needs of the people in the council to include the upgrading of the traditional rulers in the area to first class, construction of roads in the town, appointment of an indigene of the council as judge and the establishment of an Agro based industry.
The Councilâ€™s interim Chairman Chief Ilesanmi Ademokun sai there are no doctors and drugs in the hospitals while some roads in the council under construction have been abandoned adding that the Akure-Igbara oke road has turned to a death trap. Ademokun said the Owena water dam which supplied water to the council had been abandoned.