By Dayo Johnson
THE Opposition party in Ondo State weekend criticized the foreign trip recently embarked upon by the governor of the state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko describing it as a waste of the state resources.
According to the Director of Publicity of the party, Chief Adeyemi Adedipe, the trip outside the shores of the country was another guise by the governor to siphon the hard earned resources of the state into foreign land.
Adedipe said in a statement entitled: â€œA governor and his surreptitious tripâ€ and made available to newsmen, said since Mimiko has been foisted on the people of the state through judicial pronouncement, he has refused to settle down for serious work.
But the state government in a swift reaction took a swipe at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and said the trip was justifiable as it would bring economic development to the state after six years of lack of performance by the Dr Olusegun Agagu-led administration.
The state government speaking through the Commissioner for Information, Ranti Akerele said the governor traveled to Trinidad and Tobago in order to seek technical assistance for the exploration of the vast bitumen deposits that abound in the state, adding that the trip is â€œfor the economic, social and political benefits of the people of the state that the PDP administration have marginalized in the past six years of their misrule.
But the opposition said â€œthe fact that Mimiko traveled out of the state without telling the people of the state showed that there was something sinister about the trip.
â€œDr Mimiko embarked on a trip abroad without telling the good people of the state either his destination or the reason for the journey. In fact, there was no official public statement intimating the people of the development except a statement from the Labour Party (LP) Chairman, Dr Olaiya Oni, hinting about the trip 96hours after the governor has left the shores of Nigeria.”
â€œWe in the PDP are not averse to the governor traveling abroad in the course of his duty of governance, what we do not subscribe to is the idea of shrouding the journey in a garb of secrecy thereby reducing what should have been a public knowledge into a political party closet known only to a few politicians and aidesâ€.
Adedipe said that governance should be a â€˜secret affairsâ€™ neither should it be run by a group of cabal adding that the people of the state are too politically sophisticated to the treated as outsiders in their own affairs.