President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday appointed Jessica Mathews, who invented energy generating football and skipping rope as Entrepreneurship Ambassador.
The Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr Olusegun Aganga, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the football and skipping rope was played to President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Hi words: “The product is actually versatile, it is not just about the electricity you see, you can use it to charge your mobile phones, for fans so there are so many things for which it can be used.”
“We are also looking at the possibilities of manufacturing it in Nigeria and see how we can make it cheaper in this country.”
“I am glad that Jessica has also agreed to be our ambassador in terms of promoting entrepreneurship in our Universities. What we want to do is to bring successful entrepreneurs like Jessica to inspire the students and make them more creative so that they can also be employers of labour.’’
Jessica, who hails from Edo state of Nigeria, said the football could generate three hours of electricity after 30 minutes of play and could store power for 72 hours.
She said the electricity generated by the ball, could be used as electricity source to power lighting points and household equipments.
She also disclosed that she studied Psychology and Economics at Harvard University, but taught herself Electrical and Mechanical Engineering because of her interest in the field.