An All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Dr. Wole Oluyede, has promised to attract local and international investors to free the state from dependence on federal allocations.
Oluyede said he was not afraid of competing against former governors Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi in the primary for the July 14 poll.
The doctor-turned politician is confident of winning the party’s ticket and election.
Speaking with The Nation yesterday, Oluyede promised to galvanise a knowledge-based economy and ensure effective utilisation of human resources to stimulate investments.
The aspirant said Ekiti cannot continue to depend on Abuja for monthly “financial handouts” amid abundant agricultural, mineral and tourism resources.
He said: “Our federal allocation should just be a plus to us. We cannot go to Abuja to get money we did not work for every time.
“What we should do is develop what we have. We need to develop our agriculture, we need to develop tourism. We have one of the most important sources of wealth in the world: knowledge.
“That is what countries have, and that is what China is developing now. We need to become innovators and entrepreneurs.
“What I am trying to say is that we must encourage one another to invest in our own economy to create jobs.
“We have a good number of educated people; we must use them. We don’t need to buy Okada for our youths because we want them to produce things we can sell to others.”