Emeka Anyaoku


Clement Danhutor

Former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has said  there is a  lot to celebrate in the Dr. Olusegun Mimiko led seven-year-old administration in Ondo state.

Anyaoku, who arrived the state recently, took time out to visit some of the projects of the Mimiko-led administration ahead of the symposium he chaired as part of activities marking the 7th anniversary of the Mimiko administration.

Speaking with newsmen shortly before his departure from the state, at the weekend, Anyaoku  described the administration ‘s achievements as novel in all sectors of the state’s economy.

He said Governor Mimiko in the last seven years has demonstrated uncommon leadership in all sectors,  particularly in the health sector, and thus urged other states to copy the Ondo example in qualitative healthcare delivery, to achieve the goal of Nigeria being a Medical Tourism destination.

Labelling the Mimiko-led government achievements as “true transformation” Anyaoku said Nigeria wouldl realise its dreams if the kind of welfare services provided by the Ondo state government become a common sight in other parts of the country.

Anyaoku had earlier on Wednesday at the symposium organised to mark the Mimiko government’s seven years of existence, called for a national  summit on socio-economic and political challenges in the country.

Speaking at the symposium, Anyaoku, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to convene “as a matter of urgency”,  a national meeting of economic experts to solve the present economic challenges confronting Nigeria, even as he opined that true federalism would aid political stability in Nigeria and reduce centrifugal forces.

He listed centrifugal forces to include: socio cultural groups, activist and political groups and violence groups, adding that  Nigeria has not been strange to centrifugal forces since independence.

The well-attended symposium, held at the International Event Centre, The DOME, also had former Governor, Major General Babakayode Opaleye (rtd.) in attendance. Other dignitaries at the occasion among others were Senator Femi Okunrounmu, Otunba Kunle Olajide, Dr. Amos Akingba, Amb Omolade Oluwateru, and members of the academic community. Discussants at the Symposium chaired by Chief Anyaoku were: Senator Ben Bruce, Senator Shehu Sani, Mr. Labaran Maku, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, Mr. Yinka Odumakin and Miss Idris Katus.