Knowledge Economy is one of the five pillars of developmental agenda geared towards turning ‘brain drain’ to ‘brain gain’ in Ekiti State, the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said.
Dr. Fayemi disclosed this while speaking as a Special Guest of Honour at the 9th annual Law Week of the Ado- Ekiti branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
He said digital and knowledge economy, if properly harnessed, were vehicles for accelerating the development of the state.
He added that both were central to governance.
The governor who noted that Ekiti State was blessed with human resources which had become pillars of different international organizations all over the world, stated that the proposed Knowledge Zone would attract majority of Ekiti indigenes who were making waves in their chosen professions back to the state.
That, according to him, would not only assist the upcoming generation to have models to look up to but would also attract investments which would improve the state’s economy.
While stating that the present government in the state had sent some lawyers overseas for more trainings, the governor said his administration had high regard for the principles of rule of law, hence the decision to continuously train its legal officers so as to deepen their knowledge of the rule of law and administration of justice in the state.
Also speaking at the event, the grand patron of the association and founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, ABUAD, Aare Afe Babalola, had expressed satisfaction that the state now had a learned governor who was progressive-minded.
Babalola who praised Governor Fayemi’s patriotic activities, said he had always thought he was the only person who truly put Ekiti first.
He said he could say: “Governor Fayemi’s patriotism is unparalleled.”
Earlier, the chairman of the association, Mr Samuel Falade, said that the association procured a number of mobile phone tablets which contained resources on the legal profession for distribution to members.
Falade said the gesture was also a way of keying into the knowledge economy agenda of the Fayemi-led administration by ensuring that all lawyers in the state could have access to law materials electronically.