By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
The Environmental rights Action/Friends of the Earth (ERA/FoEN) Nigeria has trained no fewer than 150 youths on renewable energy entrepreneurship.
The One-Day workshop on business model on how to solve emerging challenges caused by Fossil fuel and deployment of entrepreneurial skills on opportunities for business growth.
The Executive Director, ERA/FoEN , Dr Uyi Ojo in a remark, said the World has suddenly realized the havoc that Fossil fuel Energy was causing to mother Earth, adopted renewable Energy the safer alternative that will be environment friendly.
He expressed regret that while established economies as existing in Europe and elsewhere are adopting renewable energy to power vehicles and other technology, Nigeria was yet to develop a roadmap on renewable energy.
Uyi Ojo, said the programme was organized to discourage youths in Niger Delta youths including students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) from vices such as cultism, Drug abuse, Human Trafficking and Illegal refining of crude oil.
In his presentation, Mr Eghosa Osazee Ogbebor, gave an overview on why most businesses fail and financial management.
He said building capacity, good business plan and feasibility study and proper documentation are recipe for success for business growth and development.
Ogbebor who spoke on the topic, the importance of business proficiency/Financial resources for growth, said the success of any business does not depend on capital alone, but, passion, networking and prudent management of resources.
The president, renewable Energy association of Nigeria, Mr Shegun Ataju, described renewable energy as a potent weapon for unemployment through renewable energy entrepreneurship.
He said “Nigeria needs 200, 000 megawatts of energy for that we have arrived like developed society.
“I want to encourage you to take interest in renewable energy which is the future of the world.
Gradually you can raise your own capital to do business. You can also become an advocate of renewable energy.
“Take interest in it. The future is very bright. You have an opportunity to be mentored in entrepreneurship skills. It is a business and make it to the top.
“I believe that Nigeria has the biggest market in Africa and in fact the whole world as far as renewable energy is concern”, he said.