Akure - The Ondo State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Maryland State in the U.S., to strengthen relations between the two states.
The information is contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Olusegun Mimiko, Eni Akinsola, on Sunday in Akure.
According to the statement, the governor signed on behalf of the Ondo State Government while Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland signed on behalf of Maryland State.
The statement said that the MOU, signed in the U.S., was to establish links between Local Governments in the two states and empower all sectors of participating communities to participate in the global arena for development.
The statement said the sister state relationship also offered opportunities for social and economic vitality.
“More than 10 provinces, states and prefectures across the continents
of Africa, Asia, Europe and America are involved in the sister state relationship with the State of Maryland”.
According to the statement, O'Malley at the signing of the MOU, said there are 23 000 Nigerians, many of them from Ondo State, in Maryland who will help deepen the relationship now being consummated.
O'Malley promised collaboration with Ondo State in facing such challenges as food security, energy security and such others that might be facing the two states.
He described Mimiko as one of the most progressive governors in Nigeria, considering some of his actions and activities as a governor.
"The things he has been able to do in the areas of health, education and community development is quite remarkable," the statement quoted O'Malley as saying.
According to the statement, Mimiko in his remark at the occasion said that his administration would leverage on the partnership for the development and general well being of the people of Ondo State.