“Ekiti State and Finland Forge Partnership for Tech-Driven Innovation”

By Milcah Tanimu

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, has expressed eagerness to collaborate with the Government of Finland to introduce cutting-edge technology and expertise to the Ekiti Knowledge Zone. This initiative aims to position the state at the forefront of technology-driven development in Nigeria.

During a visit to the Finnish Ambassador to Nigeria, Leena Pylvanainen, in Abuja on Thursday, Governor Oyebanji emphasized his government’s commitment to embracing advanced technologies for sustainable development. He believes that the Ekiti Knowledge Zone has the potential to uplift the people of Ekiti and eradicate poverty, and the collaboration with Finland will leverage the country’s expertise in science, innovation, and technology.

Governor Oyebanji highlighted Finland’s reputation for a robust tech ecosystem and innovation-friendly policies, asserting that this partnership will significantly contribute to Ekiti’s goal of becoming a hub for technology-driven solutions in Nigeria.

The collaboration envisions knowledge exchange, skill development, and joint initiatives that will propel Ekiti State into the forefront of technological advancement not only in Nigeria but also on the African continent. The Governor expressed his eagerness for international partnerships with countries and agencies that share the vision of leveraging technology to reduce poverty, enhance security, and create wealth and employment opportunities.

In response, the Ambassador of Finland to Nigeria, Leena Pylvanainen, commended the Governor’s dedication to fostering international cooperation for Ekiti State’s development. She emphasized Finland’s interest in engaging with the state for mutual benefits, recognizing Ekiti’s growth potential and the importance of collaborative efforts in achieving sustainable development goals.

Accompanying Governor Oyebanji on the visit were government officials, including the Commissioner for Innovation, Science, and Digital Economy, Mr. Seun Fakuade, and the Permanent Secretary of the Abuja Liaison Office, Mr. Babatunde Olaoye.


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