The Governor of the State of Maryland in the United States, Mr. Martin O'Malley, has lauded the health care system of the Ondo state government, saying it was a worthy thing for other states in the federation to emulate.
The governor who was recently speaking at a reception for the African and Caribbean Affairs held at his mansion in the State of Maryland said that maternal death would reduce to a zero level in Nigeria and Africa as a whole if only other leaders in the country and in the continent could emulate Governor Mimiko's style of taking maternal care to the doorsteps of the people in Ondo state
He commended the Ondo state government for the actualization of a programme of free health care for all pregnant women and children between 0 and 5 years of age across the state, noting that the Scheme had ensured affordable and qualitative health care for all citizens of the state.
Governor Martin O'Malley cited the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ondo State Government and Maryland State in the U.S as an idea that would strengthen relations between the two states, stressing that it would also establish links between Local Governments in the two states and empower all sectors of participating communities to participate in the global arena for development.
Speaking on power earlier, a member of the Governing Council of the Federal Polytechnic, Nassarawa state, Ambassador (Dr) Aisha Audu-Emeje, noted that plans were ongoing for Aiba Vortex LLC, a US-based power company together with some of its counterparts to deliver 1,000 Megawatt to Nigeria. Ambassador Emeje pressed further that a formidable team of investors had been put together by the participating companies in the power project in order to make the delivery of the required 1,000 Megawatt in Nigeria achievable within the stipulated period. She stressed that this would further create an enabling business environment in the counrty.
According to Aisha who is also a Special Adviser to the government of Kogi state on International Relations and Investment, the need for a stable power supply in Nigeria was enormous, saying that uninterrupted power supply in Nigeria would make life meaningful to the citizens of the country as they will be able to do their businesses without any risk. "There are lots of investors, not just Nigerians, that are interested, not only in making profit from this but realizing dreams that will take the country to a greater height" she stressed.
"The federal government has shown commitment by its Power Reform policies, and by organizing Power Reform Summit all over the world where investors had been called upon. Having realized some seriousness in the government over this crucial matter, we now have the duty as a primary business company from Nigeria and being in the US, to take advantage of this call and bring the dream to fruition.
Power has crippled a lot of infrastructural and developmental projects that would have made Nigeria greater than most of the developing countries" said Emeje. Finally, she lauded the administration of Governor Olusegun Mimiko for his supports for maternal care, stressing that the scheme had helped to reduce maternal deaths in the state and Nigeria.