With one of the youngest populations in the world, Nigeria needs to harness the resourcefulness and ingenuity of over 50 percent of its population to accelerate economic development, according to Nestle Nigeria.
The food and beverage giant noted further that many young people lacked skills acquisition and economic opportunities, resulting in the current high level of unemployment and the underutilization of young talents.
In a statement on Wednesday, Nestle maintained that the annual International Youth Day provided the needed platform to find solutions to these challenges.
It said, “This year’s theme, ‘Safe spaces for youth’, highlights the importance of providing safe physical, emotional and digital spaces that harness the full potential of the youth to promote development.”
Nestlé Nigeria marked this year’s youth day by hosting an interactive session to explore opportunities for youth to create a path to their own success, the statement added.
The Market Head, Nestlé Central and West Africa, Rémy Ejel, said, “By providing opportunities, developing and harnessing talents of young people, Nestlé can successfully contribute to building sustainable communities and spurring economic growth.
This is one of the concrete ways Nestlé creates shared value for the company and for society.”