Ondo APC condemns Mimiko’s foreign trips despite labour unrest


By; Odeyemi Samuel, Akure.
The All Progressive Congress (APC), in Ondo state has expressed concern over what it described as the prolonged ongoing strike action of workers in Ondo State with the attendance foreign trips of the state Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
A statement issued by the Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Steve Otaloro  and made available to Journalists in Akure frowned at the multiplier effect on the economic situation, which he said is biting hard on the people of the state.
In spite of this serious issue confronting the state, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, he said has 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 that elected him into power.
His words, ”we know Dr. Olusegun Mimiko had been frequently globe trotting since he came to power in 2009 at the expense of the state meagre resources and under the guise of visiting these places to seek for investors for the state. 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”.
According to Otaloro, it should also be noted that Dr. Olusegun Mimiko’s previous trips have not been seen 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, he said, has beclouded him 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.
He described the present hardship in Ondo State as self-inflicted, adding that ”We (APC) warned the governor before now to desist from borrowing loans that repayment will stiffen development but he did not listen. We told him that “He who goes a-borrowing will one day go a-sorrowing”.
It is repayment of these various loans collected by the PDP led-government of Ondo State, he said, that is now making life difficult for our people and the inability of government to meet payment of salaries of civil servants and pensioners emolument in the state with its attendance consequences on other sectors of the state economy that is largely driven by revenue from the state workers.


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