The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Youth Development in the National Assembly, Martins Esin has encouraged youths to venture into business of alternative power sources, describing it as lucrative.
He also urged the ladies, especially, to explore opportunities in confectionery production and food business, advising that the sector is a money spinner considering that people must feed.
Esin gave the advice at the weekend during the grand finale of a two-day Capacity Building and Strategic Empowerment Programme for 160 youths and women at the Civic Centre in Oron Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
The lawmaker who represents Oron/Mbo/Okobo/Udung Uko/Urueoffong Oruko federal constituency explained that the demand for solar power would continue to rise as the world moves closer to clean and affordable energy, noting that food and confectionery businesses have a ready market all over the world.
He said, “Please note that as the world moves towards clean and affordable energy, the demand for solar power will continue to rise. In bigger cities with relatively stable public power supply, many homes have found an alternative power source in solar energy because of its affordability, reliability and cleanliness.
“The high cost of petrol and diesel makes solar power even more attractive and the business lucrative.
“While we work towards improving power supply in this constituency, at the moment, it is a goldmine for entrepreneurs in the solar power business. What you make out of this opportunity will be dependent entirely on you, your mindset and vision.
“Of course, the food and confectionery business has a ready market all over the world. As long as people are alive, they will feed. They may not have money to buy clothes, cars and build houses but they will definitely eat to stay alive. The food business has probably created more entrepreneurs than any other sector worldwide.”
While charging them to deploy online resources, especially YouTube to learn more and become authorities in these two skillets Esin said his constituency office would track activities and progress of the 160 youths and women who have undergone training in the state.
Meanwhile, member representing Apa/Agatu Federal Constituency of Benue State, Pst. Ojema Ojotu lauded the initiatives of the Lawmaker in attracting dividends to his people and urged the people to continue to support their Representative.