The food and beverage company, Nestle Nigeria has restated its commitment to support young people by boosting youth entrepreneurship and inspiring the talented ones through providing training and job opportunities.
The company’s Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Victoria Uwadoka, restated the commitment in a statement on Sunday in Lagos, to uphold the organisation’s ideals as it celebrated this year’s International Youth Day on August 12.
Uwadoka said that the move was to ensure they gained the skills that would enable them to contribute positively toward building peace in the society.
She said, “This is in line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable development Goal 8, which aims to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full off productive employment and decent work for all.’’
Nestle Nigeria’s youth empowerment initiatives include a training programme at its Technical Training Centre in the company’s Agbara Factory Complex in Ogun.
The programme helps to develop and train young technicians for the world of work.
The other is “My Own Business (MYOWBU) Street-Vending Programme’’ which provides young people with the skills and expertise they need to run their own micro-enterprises.
NAN reports that the Managing Director and CEO of Nestle Nigeria, Mr Mauricio Alarcon, advised youths to leverage the myriad opportunities available to them today.
Alarcon said that today’s youths were better equipped to make positive impact in the fast-paced world, urging them to maximize the use of technology and get creative to harness the vast potential in themselves to create value for society.
“You can do so many things today. As I see the great advantages of being a young person today, I also understand the hard challenges of managing so many prospects that no other generation prior to you ever had.
“Therefore, I think it is a great opportunity to sit together today to discuss how to seize these opportunities to really make a difference,’’ Alarcon said.
At the Agbara Factory Complex, where it hosted a similar event simultaneously, the guest speaker, National Coordinator, African Youth Initiative for Crime Prevention, Mr Chris Ibeh, said youths should be at the forefront of brokering peace in the society. He said that doing that was in line with the theme of this year’s celebration, “Youth Building Peace’’.
Ibeh urged the youth to shun tribalism, offensive religious sentiments, corruption, greed and all other acts that could breach societal peace.