The Ondo State All Progressives Congress(APC) has expressed concern over Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s trip to the United Kingdom (UK) without making meaningful effort to end the workers’ strike.
It noted that the hardship facing the residents is becoming more daunting as the industrial action crippled the state’s economic activities.
A statement by the party’s Director of Research and Publicity,Steve Otaloro,at the weekend, queried Mimiko’s trip in spite of the issue confronting the state.
It said:”This is a height of callousness on the part of Governor Mimiko and it is unacceptable to the people, who elected him to take care of their welfare.
“We know Mimiko had been frequently globe-trotting since he came to power in 2009 at the expense of the state’s meagre resources and under the guise of visiting these places to seek for investors.
“But this present trip to the UK, which is of no economic value, 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 ‘acaring heartgovernment’.
“It should also be noted that Mimiko’s previous trips have not seem to have yielded a single foreign investment to the state. Instead, his policies have killed businesses through multiple-taxations inflicted on existing businesses.
“The opulent lifestyle of the governor and his family at the Government House and the fact that he is living large enough at the expense of the state must have beclouded him to appreciate the pains and the hunger that permeate the entire citizenry.”
The party said 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 2009 speech.
The APC noted that the hardship in Ondo State was self-inflicted.
“We warned the governor before now to desist from borrowing and 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 unwarranted loans collected by the PDP led-government of Ondo State that is now making life difficult for our people because of the inability of government to pay salaries of civil servants and pensioners’ emolument.
“These are with its attendant consequences on other sectors of the state’s economy that is largely driven by revenue from the state workers.
“It is true there is revenue shortfall from the Federation Account, but Ondo State is not the only state affected. Some states are still afloat paying their workers’ salaries and discharging other government responsibilities to their people.
“The bitter truth is that Mimiko’s administration has this die hard prodigal habit of spending money on frivolities.”
APC said the governor did not find it necessary to save for a rainy day and invest in revenue-generating activities, hence the fulcrum for the present predicament.
It maintained that the excuses by the government that it is waiting for an imaginary reimbursement from the Federal Government on road projects executed and the funny Paris Club fund were unattainable and unacceptable.