ABUJAâ€”President Goodluck Jonathan, weekend, said Nigerian youths contribute 80% of National Gross Domestic Product, GDP.
President Jonathan spoke during the launch of African Union Youth Volunteer Corps, where 37 Nigerian youths selected to join the Corps were unveiled by the Minister of Youth Development, Senator Akinlabi Olasunkunmi.
Represented by Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, Yayale Ahmed, Jonathan acknowledged the contribution of Nigeria youths to the national economy.
â€œOur youth contribute 80% of the GDP in our nation. Letâ€™s come together and fight hunger and poverty. You can become ambassadors of youth in the future,â€ he declared.
He also urged African youths to take advantage of their huge number of 60% of the continentâ€™s population to make positive impact by promoting youth participation and positive values in nation building.
Speaking earlier, Senator Olasunkunmi said the Corps was an initiative of the AU Commission aimed at involving young Africans in the development of their continent, stressing that volunteerism had, for many centuries, been part and parcel of societies.
He noted that the Corps was in line with the AU strategic pillars of peace and security, development, integration and co-operation, shared values and institution as well as capacity building.
The minister stated further that youths who engaged in volunteerism were less likely to abuse drugs, alcohol, cigarettes or destructive behaviour.
He added that youth volunteers were more likely to do well in school, graduate, vote and be philanthropic