Akure, the capital of Ondo State stood still yesterday, as the state Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, and his deputy, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, were sworn in by the state Chief Judge, Justice Olaseinde Kumuyi, for the second term of four years in office amidst pomp and celebration.
The event which held at the Democracy Park located within the heart of the state capital, was witnessed by dignitaries from within and outside the state, including former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar, state governors, former governors, captains of industries, traditional rulers, diplomats and leaders of thought.
The governor, who took the oath of office after his deputy, told the gathering in his inaugural speech titled: 'The Work Continues', that in the next four years, he would take governance closer to the people by posting greater achievements on all fronts.
Highlighting the achievements of his administration in the last four years in various sectors, Mimiko promised to ensure the completion of all outstanding projects and to unveil a new stream of programmes directed at enhancing the quality of life of the people.
"Our major focus shall be on an aggressive drive at job creation for our teeming youths through innovative and durable programmes that will engender sustainable livelihood.
"To this end, government is undertaking a 30MW Independent Power Project in Ore to provide independent power that will attract several industries to Ondo State," he said.
Mimiko, who urged the people to see every project of the government as theirs called on the residents of the state to be ready to fulfil their parts of the contract.
"As good citizens, we must be ready to fulfill our parts of the social contract of obeying laws, paying taxes, generally discharging our duties and responsibilities and also fighting for our legitimate rights. We must renew our commitments to peace and security.
"We, members of the political class, must cease from looking at government and service as a goldmine. We must acknowledge that the good of all translates into the good of the individual and not necessarily vice versa.
"In this context, the central purpose of our involvement in politics and governance has been and will continue to be what government policies and institutions can make available to the collective and not what each individual politician or government official can corner for himself or herself.
"My good people, exactly four year ago, I promised to work for you. With all sense of humility, you are witnesses to the fact that I have worked for you. I have worked with you. Together, we have posted great accomplishments. But, the work remains unfinished," he said.
Mimiko said he was prepared to cooperate with other sister states in the South-west and also collaborate across party lines for the benefit of the state and nation.
"We assure our sister states of our commitment to cooperation such that our region can benefit from the individual strength of each state and possibilities of our aggregated potentials.
"We remain steadfast in our call for a restructuring of the country to achieve true federalism. We demand more equity in the revenue sharing formula and the devolution of more powers to the federating units.
"In the course of finding lasting solutions to the challenges facing us as a nation, we assure that we shall not waste any opportunity for functional, patriotic collaboration across party lines for the overall development of our great nation," he said.
The governor commended President Goodluck Jonathan for putting in place a process that guaranteed free and fair election that took place on October 20, last year.
The inauguration was witnessed by former head of state, General Abdulsalam Abubakar rtd, the state governors of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Adesegun, Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State, Theodore Orji of Abia State and Peter Obi of Anambra State.
The event was also attended by former governors of Oyo State, Alhaji Rasheed Ladoja and Adebayo Alao-Akala, Chief Olusegun Osoba, among others.
The business community was not left out of the event as business mogul including the Chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Oba Otudeko of the Honeywell Group also attended the ceremony.