Akwa Ibom Federal lawmaker, Barrister Onofiok Luke has said that one major way to curb unemployment in Nigeria following the non-existence of white-collar jobs today, is by providing the right support for creative and innovative young persons which will help create more jobs.
The former Speaker of the Akwa Ibom Legislature stated this during his speech on Friday at the 3rd edition of Cakemania, held at Emerald Event Centre, Uyo, an event for bakers and lovers of sugarcraft.
“Life today is difficult in Nigeria and there are no white-collar jobs any longer. So, when you find people with creativity and innovation, you have to support them because that is what will create jobs and keep food on their table”, he said.
Luke who was the Chairman of the event acknowledged the role it has played since its inception in the aspect of discovering talents in the sugarcraft business and further urged attendees to allow the exhibitions to spark some sort of enterprise in them ahead of the emerging new markets in Akwa Ibom.
“This event is an eye-opener to show opportunities in the baking sector. From what you have seen the exhibitors have done today, let is spark the urge to stand up and do something. I can tell you that Uyo and Akwa Ibom State is an emerging market. Businesses are coming in and when the tourists and investors come, they will seek your services. So, please stand up and look for what to do.”
The Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Constituency Rep also pointed out that it was not just enough to be enterprising, but the government had a strong role to play by creating enabling environment and supporting small businesses through data collection asides using it for taxation purposes.
“It is the place of government to create an enabling environment to help you achieve your goal and dream. For what My advocacy as someone who is in public service, if the government has data for taxation, they should also have data in other to support businesses to grow. And what we have to offer in the future which is a goal, is for us to support small businesses which will come together and become the big industries we are looking forward to.”
He assured the organisers of his continued support and charged them to keep up the good work, adding that he was impressed with the idea of the sugarcraft event.