By Dayo Johnson
AKUREâ€”GOVERNOR Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State weekend inaugurated the boards of parastatals and commissions with a promise to convert the challenges of the global economic meltdown to advantages for the development of the state.
Dr Mimiko said in spite of the reduction in the revenue accruing to the state, government would not shy away from its promise of making lifeÂ meaningful to the people of the state.
Among members in the inaugurated board by the governor were, the Chairman of the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC), ChiefÂ Debo Ajimuda, the chairman of the Ondo State Sports Council, Hon Remi Olatubora, the chairman of the Ondo State Law Commission, Chief Olusola Ebiseni who was a Deputy governorship candidate of the DPA in the last April 14 election in the state among others.
Inaugurating the board, the governor said, â€œRather than shy away from our commitments, we view the ensuing economic crisis as a veritable opportunity to reinvent and be proactive.
â€œThis is why we have committed ourselves to the development of a resource blueprint with which we can leverage needed partnership and support from international development organisationâ€.
Dr Mimiko said the time had come for the administration to translate its promises into concrete action, adding that this led to the choice of the new appointees.
He however said his administration had in the last six months initiated some programmes and activities that were aimed at fostering comprehensive development and also change the face of governance in the state.
According to him this include the commencement of construction work on modern housing estates in Akure, establishment of mother and child hospital commencement of integrated rural development programmes in 80 pilot communities.
Speaking with newsmen the OSOPADEC chairman Chief Ajimuda said the board chairmen were ready to compliment the efforts of the state government at developing the state.
Ajimuda said the commission would particularly ensure that more developmental projects were put in place to make living bearable for the people of the oil producing communities of the state.