The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has said that if elected governor come August 9, he would promote entrepreneurship and develop viable human capital to improve on the teaching of Information and Communication Technology (ITC) in schools.
To achieve this, he said he would retrain the state teachers for more focused and oriented understanding of multi-functional applications in ICT learning, so as to share and promote innovative approaches in all sectors.
According to a statement issued by the President, Omisore Youth Support Forum (OYSF), Dr Johnson Olukotun, the PDP flag bearer’s desire to develop ICT came as a result of “his entrepreneurship spirit and passion for people to succeed in their respective endeavours”.
Olukotun said Omisore “believes in the growth of social and business entrepreneurships,” adding that “in Osun State, 45 per cent of our citizens are aged between 18 and 40, which is a highly technologically sound group”.
“Some young people of Osun, most of which were unemployed who came together as OYSF pioneers, after approaching Omisore for support, had their lives transformed and had also influenced career development of generations of other young peoples who are now budding entrepreneurs in the state”, the OYSF president said.
As an elected governor, he continued: “Omisore will focus on four key areas: Access to capital, to markets, to talent, and to technology. These are the conditions I believe are ‘must-haves’ in order for entrepreneurs to thrive wherever they are in the world”.
In his strategic plans for Osun state’s economic development, Senator Omisore, according to Olukotun, “will promote partnership, since the 21st century Osun State that we envisaged needs to be owned by all; everyone has a role to play.
“The people of Osun State have a history of engagement in their own future, therefore, partnership with a broad range of non-state actors, including the private sector, faith based organisations, professional associations, civil societies, communities and citizens is key for success.
“Going by to global economic indices, roughly 70 per cent of new jobs globally and as much as 90 percent in some emerging economies come from new and small businesses. Those are stand-up-and-take-notice kinds of numbers, especially when you consider the economic health of the world”, Olukotun said.
The statement quoted Omisore as saying “We will focus on the youth, because we need successful young people. We will therefore provide economic environment for them to make the best of the investment in their education, working with dignity to achieve their goals and purpose”.