As part of efforts to make the state less dependent on statutory federal allocations, the Ekiti State Government has disclosed its plans to focus on human capital development and management, as well as harnessing its huge human resources to help galvanize business opportunities in the state.
The Commissioner for Trade and Industries, Aare Muyiwa Olumilua, made this disclosure in Ado-Ekiti while hosting the chairman of Enterprise Grooming Institute (EGI) Holdings, a private company interested in setting up a vocational training enterprise in the state to train people in different fields.
Aare Muyiwa Olumilua explained that the state is blessed with huge human resources, stressing that what seems to be lacking is the proper coordination and management of these resources.
He disclosed that the five point agenda of the Governor Kayode Fayemi-led administration is centered around aggressive development of both infrastructural and economic sectors of the state, while willing to partner with corporate organisations and individuals in that regard.
Speaking earlier, the CEO of EGI, Prince Ajisefini Ayodeji, said his company was willing to invest in the area of mental reawakening of the people of the state, adding that there was urgent need for aggressive mindset re-engineering and re-orientation.
Speaking further, Ajisefini stressed that tertiary institutions should do more in terms of giving the required knowledge to youths, so they can be real problem solvers as soon as they get into the larger society. He added that agriculture is not just a solution on its own, but stakeholders must exhaust the full agribusiness value chain in order to make it a profitable venture and with full impact on the economy.
Ajisefini also disclosed his firm’s plans to set up a rice processing factory in Ikere-Ekiti, as well as a cocoyam flour factory in Ise-Ekiti. These, according to him, will engage a lot of unemployed youths and contribute immensely to the economy of the state.