United States Consul General Will Stevens said youths are the strength of countries and must not be ignored.
The envoy made the comment on Tuesday at the induction into this year’s cohort of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI).
Stevens charged the youths to be a catalyst for positive change, foster economic growth, enhance democratic governance, and strengthen civil society structures.
“No nation can thrive if it neglects to include its youth in governance, political and economic platforms, wealth creation and poverty alleviation.
“You have the responsibility placed on your shoulders to serve as strong, positive role models for Nigeria”, he noted.
Stevens assumed leadership of the U.S. Consulate in Lagos early this month, succeeding Claire Pierangelo.
The CYFI is named after ex-Ambassador Walter Carrington, an advocate for civil liberties, democracy and closer ties between America and Nigeria.
Inductees are tutored in the fields of health, education, civil liberties, environment, and economic empowerment.
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