He made the remark on November 25, 2013, Monday, while declaring open the third edition of the YouWIN Programme at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja.
Noting that Nigeria is one of those countries that have a very high percentage of vibrant and enterprising young people, the President said the Programme initially targeted the creation of over 80,000 jobs.
“When we came into office in 2011, the total number of unemployed people in the country stood at 35 per cent and we considered that as unacceptable and in response, we launched a number of initiatives which included the YouWiN to provide jobs for our citizens.
“The YouWiN Programme is unique in the sense that it depends on Nigerian youths to create jobs for other Nigerian youths. The Programme supports enterprising young men and women to establish their own businesses that will enable them employ others.
“I am happy to report that so far, over 27,000 direct jobs have been created across our six geo political zones. This includes 22,000 from the YouWiN phase 1 and over 5,000 from YouWiN phase 2. Let me restate that I believe strong in the youth of this great country, they are not only vibrant, they are intelligent and hard working,” the President said.
Goodluck Jonathan, who inspected the various products at the exhibition stands in the Presidential Villa, said that the quality of the products exhibited can compete favourably with similar products from anywhere in the world.