The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State has expressed disappointment and concerns over the Governor, Olusegun Mimiko’s trip to UK despite his inability to resolve industrial action following five months of unpaid salaries.
Mimiko and Labour unions failed to reach any agreement to call off the strike despite interventions by traditional rulers as the Governor insists the government has no money to pay workers.
The Ondo chapter of the ruling party stressed that the Governor’s trip outside the country is not only callous but unacceptable to the people as it had little or no economic benefit to the state.
“This is the height of callousness on the part of Governor Mimiko and it is totally unacceptable to the people who elected him to take care of their welfare,” the party stated.
In a statement released by APC’s Director of Publicity, Steve Otaloro, the party found it confounding to see the Governor leaving the state to deliver a lecture despite the sufferings and agitations of the state workers.
“In spite of this serious issue confronting the state, Governor Olusegun Mimiko still had the audacity to travel out of the country to the United Kingdom without making any meaningful effort to end the strike action of the state workers.
“But this present trip to the UK which is of no economic benefit to the state is uncalled for at this time in the midst of serious crisis that has engulfed the state which requires serious attention of the governor that prides himself as running ‘A Caring Heart’ Government,” the statement said.
“It should also be noted that Dr. Olusegun Mimiko’s previous trips seem not to have yielded a single foreign investment to the state. Instead, his policies have killed businesses in the state through multiple taxation inflicted on existing businesses.
“The opulent lifestyle of the governor and his family at the Government House and the fact that he’s living large enough at the expense of the state must have beclouded him not to appreciate the pains and the hunger that permeate the entire citizenry in the state.
“But he should remember that this was not what he promised the people at his inaugural speech where he boasted ‘I Will Work For You’ in his now infamous 2009 speech,” the statement read.
In a report by Premium Times, Gov Mimiko’s trip to the UK was on the invitation of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
The Governor was billed to speak in one of the sessions of its 2016 conference and deliver a lecture on “Healthcare for All: From Aspiration to Implementation” at a break-out session.
It was further reported that while the Chatham House committed itself to paying for the governor’s travel expenses, it was not stated if the payment covered the cost of the Gov’s entourage that included Commissioner for Health, Dayo Adeyanju; Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola and Media Aide to the governor, John Paul.
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