Nestle Nigeria has reiterated its pledged to support young people by boosting youth entrepreneurship and inspiring the talented ones through providing training and job opportunities.
The pledge was contained in a statement signed by Victoria Uwadoka, company’s Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, in Lagos, which was released affirm the organisation’s ideals as it celebrated this year’s International Youth Day.
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.
Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager 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.’’
The youth empowerment initiatives include a training programme to develop and train young technicians for the world of work at its Technical Training Centre in the company’s Agbara Factory Complex in Ogun.
It also provides young people with the skills and expertise they need to run their own micro-enterprises under the platform tagged – “My Own Business (MYOWBU) Street-Vending Programme.”
According to the statement, some young entrepreneurs who were panelists at the event organised by Nestle Nigeria for young people to celebrate the 2017 International Youth Day, underscored the importance of hard work and focus on what one desired to achieve.
They shared their success stories and how they have contributed to the development of society.
The Panellists are Tosin Oshinowo, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CDAtellier, (the Architect who designed Maryland Mall – a popular Mall in Lagos) and Chiamaka Obuekwe, CEO of Social Prefect Tours (one of Africa’s Top 100 Women in Tourism).
Others are Oluwaseun Shogbamu, CEO of Nation Career Fair and Elijah Eniola, Digital Marketing Executive and Social Entrpreneur.
In response, 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.
In his statement, the Agbara Factory Manager, Mr. Walid Hbaika stressed the need for the youth to take everything they were learning with utmost seriousness.
Also, Nestlé Nigeria’s Head of Human Resources Mr. Adesola Akinyosoye, urged the youth to embrace the key elements of learning agility to enable them to succeed in today’s highly competitive environment.
“The present-day world is not driven by mere activity, but by results. Every activity that one engages in must therefore be productive,” he said.