Post by AgbongboAkala on Dec 22, 2015 12:18:49 GMT
Mimiko’s Camp in Disarray as Political Allies Defect to APC
By Gboyega Akinsanmiâ€¨
The political camp of Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, yesterday suffered a major setback as his close associates defected from to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Prominent among the defectors are a senator in the seventh National Assembly, Senator Patrick Akinyelure, and the Director-General of the Technical Aids Corp, Dr. Pius Osunyikanmi, both of whom announced their decisions to quit the PDP yesterday with thousands of their supporters.
Mimiko’s political camp also suffered similar fate before the 2015 general election when a group loyal to former Governor of the state, late Dr. Olusegun Agagu, quit the PDP, accusing the PDP national secretariat of unfair treatment. The Agagu group, which had series of meetings with former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, before its chieftains, members and their supporters finally defected, was led among others by Agagu’s younger brother, Mr. Femi Agagu, the PDP governorship candidate in 2012, Mr. Olusola Oke and Mr. Bankola Oluwajana, served the Agagu administration in different capacities between 2008 and 2012. Apart from Mimiko’s alleged highhandedness, a close ally of the governor yesterday confirmed that there was a major crisis in the state PDP, thereby ascribing it to Mimiko’s decision to anoint and endorse his Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, as his likely successor.
He told THISDAY that Jegede’s choice violated the principle of zoning outrights, noting that since Mimiko “is from Ondo Central senatorial district, Jegede, who is also from the same district, cannot be his successor. “Since May 29, 1999, no governor in the state has served two terms fully. Chief Adebayo Adefarati from Ondo North only served one term. Agagu from Ondo South was ousted by the elections tribunal. “Mimiko from Ondo Central may be privileged to serve two terms. Yet he is plotting to install a successor from the senatorial district. This is political robbery. We all know it is a dead project. We will not part of it.” But in a joint statement they issued in Lagos yesterday, Akinyelure and Osunyikanmi formally announced their decision to join forces with the APC in the state, which further reinforced the fact that Mimiko’s camp was in crisis. The statement cited three key reasons that fuelled the decision of Akinyelure and Osunyikanmi, noting that the reasons comprised their passion to always align with other genuine progressives in the APC; their resolve to put the state in the mainstream of national politics and the need to foster regional integration.
It added that the declaration, which had already ignited the embers of passionate endorsements across the state, followed what the defectors described as the historic disengagement from the PDP in Ondo State. It explained that the decision was taken after “several months of wide consultations with our esteemed leaders, constructive constituents, fervent followers and very distinguished admirers from the length and breadth of the state. “The mood in the state, as clearly expressed in the last general election, shows that the people truly want a change. In spite of the fact that we have a PDP government in the state, our people voted massively for President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC. That situation has not changed.
“In fact, the calls for total change at all levels of governance in the state are getting more stringent due to the failure of the PDP-led state government to deliver democracy dividends to the people. As progressive politicians with track records in people’s welfare and empowerment, we cannot but identify with a political platform poised to change Nigeria for good. “Therefore, our decision to align with other genuine progressives in the APC is hinged on the need to engender good governance in our state, put the state in the mainstream of national politics and foster regional integration which has long been frustrated by the current selfish and egocentric leadership in the state.” www.thisdaylive.com/articles/mimiko-s-camp-in-disarray-as-political-allies-defect-to-apc/228546/
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The Multimillion Trauma & Surgical Centre In Ondo State(Photos)
Ondo State Trauma and Surgical Centre
The Ondo State Trauma and Surgical Centre is located within the Medical Village in Ondo Town about 4 kilometers from the city of Akure and 116 kilometres from Benin.
It is a rapidly evolving surgical specialty based centre aimed at providing world-class tertiary comprehensive surgical services to the people of Ondo State, surrounding environs and Nigeria in General.
It is part of a comprehensive medical village, borne out of the desire of the Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, to make specialized healthcare services readily available to the people of the state where they live, work and play and also to provide world-class, tertiary specialized surgical and emergency care which adheres to the best international practices within an integrated healthcare system.
The Medical Village also plays host to the Mother and Child Hospital, Kidney Care Centre, the Gani Fawehinmi Diagnostic Centre and the University of Medical Sciences (First of its kind in Africa). There is also a state-of-the-art emergency Communication Centre, a Histopathology and Forensic Centre which are yet to fully take off.
Ondo State Trauma and Surgical Centre commenced clinical and surgical services on 28thNovember 2013 with the following specialties; Orthopeadics and Trauma, Plastic Surgery, ENT, Anaesthesia and General surgery. It has since continued to improve and augment services, infrastructure and personnel to include Paediatric Surgery, Urology, Maxillo – facial Sugery and Opthalmology. The centre has carried out over 3000 surgeries as at November 2015.
It serves as a referral area for mainly the General Hospitals in Ondo State and parts of Osun, Ekiti and Edo State. It also receives referrals from across Nigeria and patients from other parts of the country.
The Ondo State Trauma and Surgical Centre runs 24hours emergency services in General Surgery, Burns, Plastic and reconstructive surgery, Orthopaedics and Trauma, Neurologic surgery, Paediatric surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, Anaesthesia, pharmacy, Nursing, Physiotherapy, and Radio diagnosis.
The Trauma Centre liaise closely with sister hospitals; Ondo State Kidney Care Centre, Gani Fawehinmi Diagnostic services and Mother and Child Hospital with which Mimiko Government constitute a Medical Village for ancillary support services including Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Radiology and Laboratory support.
It also runs out – patient surgical services and offer our patients elective day – case surgeries with efficient in – patient care, including oncology, endocrine, hepatobiliary, breast surgery, a special Burn Centre and intensive care.
To further strengthen the emergency medical services, the state government established Ondo State Emergency Medical Services Agency (ODEMSA) with the mandate to provide emergency rescue, pre-hospital and hospital services to road crash victims in the state. 5 fully functional Accident Rescue Stations along the highways across Ondo state were built; Ore, Bolorunduro, Ilara, Owo and Oka-Akoko. 100 Extricators and 100 paramedics work 24hrs in all the stations and the response time to accident scenes is 15mins. Each station has an Advanced Life Support Vehicle equipped with oxygen and other essentials needed sustain accident victims while they are being conveyed to the nearest hospital or the Trauma Center.
The Trauma Centre is not free unlike the Mother and Child Hospitals but it provides care before billing. In the African setting that is as good as being free.