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We are bridging the rich-poor gap - Mimiko

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Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has said his government is using the Mega School projects in the State to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor in the society in a new form of social re-engineering.

Mimiko, who gave the assurance during an interview shortly after he inspected the completed Caring Heart Mega Primary School, Igbodigo, Okitipupa now ready for use said his administration's idea of integration to make the children of the down trodden better placed for competition with the affluent in the society will be pursued without let or hindrance.

He said: “We are creating a social integration to ensure that the children of the poor can rub shoulders with the children of the rich by choice in the society. Nothing but the best is good for us in Ondo State. We told our people that what we are going to put on ground will be world-class for the future of our state and the future of Nigeria.

“We believe that for us to re-engineer education and reposition it, we must provide the best infrastructural facilities of global standard. We are happy that we dreamt about this and God has helped us to realise it”

Mimiko, who expressed satisfaction on the quality of job done by the contractor said he was optimistic that the quality of the facilities and the conducive learning environment being provided by his administration will encourage the younger generation to embrace education which he referred to as the only thing that can break the vicious cycle of abject poverty.

While expressing joy that his government has achieved the objective of the socio-integration in the health sector as he confirmed that the wife of a messenger and the wife of a Director, by choice, receive attention side by side in the same ward at the State's Mother and Child Hospital in Akure, Mimiko reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to democratise access to health and education in the state.