The Chief Executive Officer of Axxess, a healthcare technology company, John Olajide, has urged the new Governor of Ekiti State, Biodun Oyebanji, to make the promotion of the knowledge-based economy his number one priority.
He said for Ekiti to prosper, achieve prosperity and actualize her dream of becoming a land of wealth and prosperity, the state must invest in the promotion of knowledge-based entrepreneurship.
In a statement on Wednesday, he listed the knowledge-based entrepreneurship to include sciences, engineering, medicine, technology, smart agriculture, entertainment and digital innovation.
The business tycoon praised the immediate past governor of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi, for taking action and being accountable to prioritise issues during his tenure.
He said “We must reorient our hearts and minds with a focus on our youth who are in the majority, to see the opportunities before us as a people and a State who are uniquely positioned to become the most prosperous state in Nigeria within the next 30 years, in line with the Ekiti State Development Plan (2021–2050).
“Some might wonder if I am talking about the same small landlocked Ekiti State with meagre federal allocations and immense developmental challenges. My belief in Ekiti’s opportunity is not unfounded, nor is it wishful thinking.
“As an entrepreneur who started Axxess at the age of 26 and grew it into a global corporation disrupting the industries we operate in, I owe my success to spotting business opportunities long before they become obvious. I believe Ekiti’s prosperity is possible. I truly believe with the proper mindset, anything is possible.
“You see, I am very clear about the possibilities in Ekiti, as well as the role I believe God would have me play, and I am very excited about it. As we all work together to create a brighter future for Ekiti, I encourage everyone here very strongly to remember that anything is possible, because as we all must have heard, “Whatever our minds can conceive of, and we truly believe – and we work hard – we can achieve,” Olajide said while delivering the keynote address at Oyebanji’s inaugural lecture.
The IT expert also announced his intention to build a World Class Golf and Holiday and Leisure Resort at the spring town of Ikogosi-Ekiti, Ekiti West Local Government Area of the state. According to him, my mission in Ekiti State is to create jobs, more jobs and more jobs for the people.
Olajide said Ekiti should embrace diversity and bring people in to develop the state, welcome ideas regardless of where it comes from, stating that his own philosophy is “best idea wins regardless of where it comes from.”
He admonished the people of Ekiti to believe in the Ekiti Development Agenda, underlining that the greatest strength of every society is its people.
“If Ekiti can get one per cent better every day, how much would it improve in one year? You probably know it is going to be more than 365 per cent because of compounding. A lot of people think it could be between five and ten times. Let me tell you: The answer is 37 times! Just by being one per cent better every day over one year!,” Olajide said.