An aspirant for the senatorial race for Oyo Central Senatorial District in the 2019 general elections, Engr. Faozey Oladotun, has disclosed that he is ready to participate in the race for the senatorial seat again to represent Oyo Central Senatorial District under the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform.
Engr Faozey said that he is back in the race to fulfill his vision for the development of the state by possessing legal authority to engage in the formulation of public policy, as well as to create a sustainable development platform for his constituents, particularly the youths, in order to harness their full potentials.
He stated this during an interactive session with some online media practitioners at his office in Ojoo, Ibadan recently.
Engr Oladotun, hinted that the energy of the youth has not been fully harnessed for productive use, thus assuring that the platform will provide an opportunity to renew the hope of the people.
He urged youths to tap into the opportunity of this generation by taking advantage of the fourth industrial revolution driven by digital technology.
According to him, “to be realistic and fair to ourselves, this generation belongs to the youths. The present office holder of Oyo Central Senatorial District, Oloye Teslim Folarin, became a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the age of 39 years.”
“Even in developed countries, most of the rich people are youths, including Facebook C.E.O, Mark Zuckerberg, whose fortune made him the sixth richest in the world. He is just 37 years old. The ideology, I want to sell is about tapping the opportunity of this generation, that’s my vision, that’s what I want to bring on board, because; we own this generation,” he stressed.
Speaking further, he disclosed that he learnt some lessons when he first participated in the primary election processes that would be equipped him to make the right decisions about his future political plans.
“Initially, I didn’t plan to participate in politics, even in those days, I usually tell people that I will never participate in politics. I returned to Oyo in 2018 for a different purpose.
“There is a non-governmental organisation in Italy, its role is to bring in innovative road construction products. I came in and we wrote Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), informing the agency about the concept, unfortunately, we were unable to get the approval to execute the project, even up till now; because they wanted something. So, because of this delay in the approval process, one of my brothers in Oyo town, who is a politician, later advised me to contest for the National Assembly seat so that I can be able to facilitate these developments for my people with less stress. That was when my journey into politics started. We sat together and drafted some plans as to how to go about it,” he said.
The ICT guru also announced his readiness to establish the first Oyo Incubation and Innovation Tech hub in Oyo town.
According to him, the hub will assist in research and development, adding that anyone with an innovative idea would be mentored, empowered with start-up funds among others.