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Knowledge economy will turn brain drain to gain, says Fayemi,

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has said that the Knowledge Economy which is one of the five pillars of his administration’s developmental agenda is geared towards turning ‘brain drain’ in the State to ‘brain gain’.

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, are vehicles for accelerating the development of the State; adding that both are central to governance.

The Governor who noted that Ekiti State is blessed with human resources which have become pillars of different international organizations all over the world, stated that the proposed Knowledge Zone would attract majority of Ekiti indigenes who are making waves in their chosen professions back to the State.

This, according to him, will 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 has sent some lawyers overseas for more trainings, the governor said his administration has 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 (BUAD), Aare Afe Babalola, had expressed satisfaction that the State now has a learned governor who is progressive-minded.

Babalola who saluted Governor Fayemi’s patriotic activities, said he had always thought he was the only person who truly puts Ekiti first. But, I can say: “Governor Fayemi’s patriotism is unparalleled”.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Association, Mr Samuel Falade had said that the Association procured a number of mobile phone tablets which contain resources on the legal profession for distribution to members.

Falade said the gesture is also a way of keying into the knowledge economy agenda of the Fayemi-led administration by ensuring that all lawyers in the State can access to law materials electronically.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.