Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade. has explained why the Olusegun Mimiko-led government in the state continue to focus on the development of the rural areas even as he submitted that the decision has contributed, in no small measure, to the global popularity being enjoyed by the administration.
Akinmade said the 3is initiative of Governor Mimiko being the driving platform for the government’s rural development programmes, was sold to the people because it was a policy of government derived from an enduring pact with the people.
“When Mr. Governor assumed office, he perceived a disconnect between government and the people. The 3is programme was to bridge this disconnect so that government can crystallise the environment that engenders development.”
He said: “This is the first administration in Ondo State that asks the people what they want government to do for them and goes ahead to do the same. Using the philosophy of the 3is, the Ministry of Community Development and Cooperative Services ensures that every nook and cranny of the state feels the impact of government through the execution of self-selected projects as a result, the people have come to trust this government.”
They know that when Mr. Governor says government will do something, that thing will be done.”the commissioner stated while fielding questions from newsmen in Abuja on Monday before the inauguration of the ongoing constitutional conference.
In strategic terms, Akinmade said, the state government is driven by the idea that increasing the capacity of the people positively through the implementation of a variety of development programmes including free community health services, free education, skills acquisition and training, micro-credit, natural resources and environmental management, women and youth empowerment, provision of basic infrastructure including roads, transportation, water and sanitation, housing , commercial innovations and creating an enabling environment for partnerships and investors thereby turning Ondo State into a commercial centre, should begin from a recognition of the rights of the people to determine their future by choosing those projects themselves.