Action Congress of Nigeria’s candidate for Saturday’s Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, says the Abiye Mother and Child Hospitals established by the Governor Olusegun Mimiko administration in Akure is not having effects on other parts of the state.
The former Nigeria Bar Association President, who spoke with reporters in Akure on Sunday, carpeted Mimiko for “disorganising the health sector”.
He inisisted the hospitals were “glorified maternity centres”, saying attention should have been given to all general hospitals in the state.
He also berated the ruling Labour Party government in the state for neglecting sports and youth development.
He said, “It is not only depressing but a disservice to youths and the sports- loving people of the state that the Sunshine Football Club now plays its matches at Ijebu Ode (Ogun State).
“This has not only alienated the club from its numerous supporters who could have given them the much desired support, but has also led to loss of revenue that could have accrued to the state.
“Mimiko has built a fountain in Akure where there is no potable water for the people to drink, he is powering streetlights with generators while complaining of inability to provide power as the reason why he cannot revive moribund industries in the state.”
He lamented the state of other sectors, saying “the situation begs for serious attention”.
But the Mimiko Campaign Organisation defended the state government’s health and sports policies.
The MCO, which is the governor’s campaign team, said in a statement on Sunday that the last debate had showed that Akeredolu “is ill-prepared”.
The group said, “Is not it also a disservice that both Akeredolu and Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Olusola Oke, could say that the Abiye Mother and Child Hospitals are unnecessary and should be merged as an arm of a maternity centre?
“Surely, they lack vision to understand the deep philosophy behind most of these projects which have brought succour to our people.”