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China to partner Ondo on development, Mimiko swears in new commissioners




THE Chinese Consular General to Nigeria, Mr. Liu Kan has expressed the commitment of China government to the sustainable development of the education, health and infrastructural sectors of Ondo State.

The Ambassador made this assurance during two-day visit to the Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji, Ondo State House of Assembly Complex, Mother and Child Hospital, Trauma Centre and the Ondo State University of Medical Sciences, Ondo.

According to Kan, the visit was borne out of a routine check on all the 15 states in the country that fall under his jurisdiction, and to further strengthen the diplomatic relationship that his country enjoyed with Nigeria since 1972

After a warm reception at the Federal Polytechnic, the Consular General held a meeting with the 130 pioneer staff of the institution during which he pledged that China would send some Chinese experts and technocrats to the institution for transfer of knowledge and skills.

Kan also promised to collaborate with the Ondo State Government to improve the primary health care initiative of the governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko by sending medical experts from China to Nigeria; and also to initiate staff exchange with State health workers at the medical village.

The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, who represented Mimiko at the event, said the state looked forward to a robust relationship with the Chinese
“For example we are looking at how to repackage our tricycle, this is being produced more in china; and again we are looking at other areas like our personnel here having a sort of exchange with China to see what they do there and then the Chinese people coming to work with us then we see how we can improve and better our own lot,” Adeyanju said.

While speaking with The Guardian, Fashakin said the visit of the Chinese Consular-General will add value to the institution, stressing that any institution that aims to grow must consider linkages and collaboration with other developed countries like China.
“No institution can exist alone. We have to interact with them, work with them and identify some institutions that have similar vision like our own so that we can partner and have exchange of staff.

“We are also asking them to assist us so that we can build up our technological base in terms of equipment, manpower and other basic infrastructures that we need. We need them. We need people both locally, nationally and internationally to make this institution the science and technological hub of the nation”, he said.

Meanwhile, Mimiko has tasked the four new Commissioners sworn-in yesterday to use their office for the continuous transformation of Ondo State rather than self-aggrandizement in power.

He told the commissioners to see their appointment as a call to duty saying they must add value to his administration
At the event held in the International Event Conference Centre in Akure, the state capital, he said, “It gives me great pleasure to be here today to inaugurate the four newly appointed State Commissioners to complement the 16 other
Commissioners in the Public Service of our Sunshine State.”

The governor disclosed that the vacancies in the State Executive Council (SEC) have caused series of agitations and speculations from various quarters to occupy the posts
The new commissioners are Femi Adekanmbi, Segun Ayerin, Dayo Awude and Mrs. Yetunde Adeyanju

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