Governor Biodun OyebanjiGovernor Biodun Oyebanji

Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State has reaffirmed his dedication to transforming the state into a global technology hub and a talent factory for the world.

All Nigeria Latest News reports that the governor said plans are underway to establish a knowledge zone and creative technology village to nurture homegrown talents that will constitute a technology-savvy workforce.

Governor Oyebanji spoke at the Ekiti State Innovation Summit held in Ado-Ekiti themed, “Innovate Ekiti: Kick-starting Ekiti State Innovation Pathway to Prosperity.” on Thursday, November 23.

The governor, who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, Habibat Adubiaro, explained that the summit was a pivotal platform for what he described as “the groundbreaking initiative.”

Governor Oyebanji who promised his support for the initiative, expressed his government’s readiness to tap into the opportunities in technology to create jobs for the youths.

The founder of Carpe Diem Solutions, Edward Israel-Ayide, in his submission, emphasised the importance of branding in innovation.

He said that effective branding helps create a unique identity that allows innovation to connect with its clients.

“Branding your innovative ideas is not just about marketing; it is about creating an identity that resonates with your audience and distinguishes your innovations in the marketplace,” he said.

William Tsuma, the Head of United Nations Development Programne (UNDP), Lagos, highlighted the critical role of ensuring innovation solves the problems around multidimensional poverty in Nigeria.

He said: “According to the National Bureau of Statistics, 63% of Nigerians are multidimensionally poor while 42% of young people are out of work. This means we cannot talk about innovation without solving real problems affecting everyday Nigerians.

“We need to create jobs and get more kids into schools. We need to package innovation, as close to the sources of the problem we are trying to solve as possible.”

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