Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, broke his silence on his successor on Saturday in Akure, saying he was looking onto God to reveal a successor with a heart and passion to serve the Ondo people.
Mr. Mimiko, who spoke at the 84th edition of the monthly praise thanksgiving programme, tagged “Divine Agenda,” held at the International Events Centre in Akure, called on the people of the state not to be carried away by the propaganda gimmick of the opposition party in the state.
According to him, God will choose “the man after His heart to lead the state” at the end of his tenure on 24th of February 2017.
“I also prayed specially that after our tenure , when we bow out, a man after the heart of God will take over in the state, a man that will have the heart for the people, because if you are brilliant and you don’t have the heart for the people you cannot succeed,” he said.
“The man must be sensitive to your needs . When election comes in October, you must lay your bed very well. Don’t be carried away with the propaganda ,stay with the real stuff and the good lord will help all of you.”
The governor also noted that his government had been able to turn the state into a centre of attraction in terms of development in the last seven years, saying developmental projects executed by his administration had become the reference point for good governance across the country.
He said his government had performed well in the health sector, agriculture, urban renewal programme and particularly the ‘Abiye’ initiative, which he said had helped in reducing maternal mortality by 70 percent.
“We got information that one of us went to Togo for an International conference and delivered a paper on our safe motherhood programme and they said we will receive visitors from the whole of Africa very soon,” Mr. Mimiko said.
“Because at that conference, everybody says from across the continent that they should come to Ondo state to learn the trick of maternal death reduction.
“It’s just amazing, when you look back seven years up, we’ve reduced maternal death more than 70 percent, this is a verifiable data.
“We started save motherhood programme to have the best facilities in term of quality services and also offers complete free services . There must be a clear distinctions between quality and affordability.
“We have proved that we can remove financial barriers completely and still offers qualitative services to our people.”
Mr. Mimiko further stated that God had blessed the state with uncommon grace, given that the people supported his government through the hard times and during the good times.
“We are always overcoming all our challenges . God has turned our reproach to blessing most especially on this event centre. The opposition thought that this will be abandoned project,” he added.