Nigerians have a lasting sense of Ekiti State as a place of learned scholars and towering intellectuals. Ekiti is said to have the highest density of academics per square mile of any Nigerian state. Ekiti indigenes are likely to excel above others in Nigeria in fields such as medicine, engineering, law, social sciences, business administration and management, and so on. It is so widespread that rumour has it that there is a professor or at the very least a PhD holder in practically every Ekiti home.
However, it is strange that the majority of these excellent minds from Ekiti are not found in the state. They are primarily spread in Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, and other parts of the country, where they are assisting not only in the growth and nurturing of local talent but also in the overall development of those areas in a variety of professions.
Engineer Kayode Olubunmi Ojo, a major political figure and construction mogul from Ekiti, is one man who has mixed sentiments about the status of affairs in the state. He is from Ikoro Ekiti, in the state’s Ijero Local Government Area, and is the son of High Chief (Dr) Jacob A. Ojo.
Engr. Kayode Ojo was born on August 1, 1970, and graduated from the Federal University of Technology Akure in 1991 with a degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. He is a Nigeria Institute of Engineers and Nigeria Association of Corrosion Engineers professional member. He is also a member of the Nigerian Council of Registered Engineers (COREN)
Engineer Ojo is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of SALTA Infrastructure and Construction Company, which he built from the ground up in just five years into a multibillion-dollar infrastructure conglomerate with acquisitions not only in Nigeria but also in the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Arab Emirates.
He also works in the oil and gas industry as Executive Director, Business and Technical Development for Atlas International Engineering Services, where he is a partner. Shareholdings in pioneering indigenous petroleum exploration businesses like SEPLAT Petroleum, Platform Petroleum, and Midwestern Oil and Gas Limited are part of his substantial participation in this area.
Engineer Ojo’s overarching passion, notwithstanding his successful commercial operations, is to see a financially independent Ekiti state where human capital development is the key to establishing a thriving and equal society in Ekiti.
He has proved this by employing a large number of Ekiti sons and daughters in his businesses and industries and assisting them in realizing their full potential in their fields of expertise.
He is also involved in the oil and gas industry through his partnership in Atlas International Engineering Services, where he serves as Executive Director, Business and Technical Development. His extensive involvement in this sector includes holding shares in pioneering indigenous petroleum exploration companies such as SEPLAT Petroleum, Platform Petroleum, and Midwestern Oil and Gas Limited.
Engineer Ojo’s overarching passion is to see a financially independent Ekiti state where human capital development is the key to developing a prosperous and egalitarian society in Ekiti.
He has demonstrated this by employing numerous Ekiti sons and daughters in his enterprises and companies and assisting them in developing their potential in areas of their specialization.
That is why, despite the famed educational exploits of the state’s indigenes, he expresses mixed feelings that this has not translated into a commensurate level of visible development on the ground.
“I am not happy that, despite what we have accomplished in terms of education in the state, we still lag behind in critical areas of development,” he says. The goal is to enlist as many Ekiti residents as possible to participate in and contribute to a vision of the state’s development agenda.
At the moment, everyone appears to be doing his or her own thing, and we must work together to develop the state. That is what I intend to do in my political career.”
Engr. Kayode Ojo emerged as the neutrals’ favourite in the 2018 All Progressive Congress party governorship primaries, where he first tested his mettle for the position. Many saw him as a ray of hope for an Ekiti beleaguered by years of underachievement. Many saw him as a possible alternative if Ekiti preferred a radical departure from the old way of politics that has stymied the state’s ability to lift itself out of its current state.
Despite his relative inexperience in Ekiti politics, Engr. Ojo came in third place, trailing incumbent governor Dr Kayode Fayemi and Engr. Segun Oni. With such an impressive showing, many in Ekiti believe Doctor Ojo is unquestionably the candidate for the near future, and it will not be surprising if he wins the APC governorship ticket when the time comes.
As the incumbent governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi’s, the eight-year term comes to an end in 2022, and new party primaries and subsequent elections are set to take place, Engr. Ojo has renewed his bid for the APC governorship ticket in Ekiti state. This is consistent with his unwavering desire to contribute his fair share to the development and well-being of the state. “I am motivated to run for governor because I primarily want to serve my state.” I’ve done a lot of things in a variety of ways to serve the state to the best of my ability and as far as my resources allow. But I believe I have more in the tank, and I need to strengthen my commitment as an executive to be able to do more constructively and effectively. That is why I humbly seek the mandate of the people of Ekiti to give me this opportunity to prove myself to them.”
Conclusion: To conclude, we are proud to announce that Engr. Kayode Ojo is our candidate for the office of Ekiti State Governor. We believe he will be the best man for the job and that if given the chance to work on behalf of his people, he will make Ekiti state a more equitable place where everyone gets a fair chance at succeeding in life. With your help, we can elect him as governor!