A nongovernmental organisation, Society for the Reconciliation of Distressed Nigerians in Diaspora (SORENID), said it has concluded plans to partner major food industries in the country to train youths on skills.
The founder of SORENID International, a retired Diplomat, Sir Uchenna B. Okafor, made this known at the weekend when Saladmaster, an international healthy cooking company visited him at his office in Karu, Abuja.
He said teaching Nigerians skills could help the young ones in the country to concentrate on other meaningful ventures instead of embarking on illegal migration.
“We need to concentrate on our rich food. Every part of Nigeria has rich cultural food. We need to understand what we have, package it an export it to other parts of the world.
“Ghanaians have gone far in promoting their food to other parts of the county and they are making waves internationally. Nigeria as the giant of Africa needs to take the lead in this areas. I am confident that if we start, many people will begin to troop in to Nigeria to see more of our food.
“As an organization that believes in training and empowering young Nigerians with skills to help them package themselves effectively, we want to equip more Nigerian with cooking skills so that they can explore in these areas. We want them to do well wherever they find themselves.”
“We know that if we hand over the money to people, they might not use it effectively that is why we always concentrate on skills to enable them start their own various businesses and expand as time goes on.
“It is always important to have a skill especially now that there is no job. We are also encouraging graduates to ensure that they have one or two skills that will assist them in life Incase the job they are looking for is hard to come by.”
Okafor, said he is back in to the country to contribute in human development and help shape people who need assistance.
The SORENID boss said he founded the NGO to cater for deportees and assist orientate people who are yet to travel, about the dangers that awaits them.
“We are not stopping people from traveling. We are educating them on what they must do to travel the right way. We are against them traveling by road to Europe. It is always to have a skill so that you can be useful to yourself when you finally travel the right way to the country of your choice.
“I have staff who are training people on various skills to make them useful. It is important for people to know how to do something, instead of selling their organs for money.”
He called on young Nigerians to be useful to themselves instead of traveling to be slaves in other countries.
On her part, a corps member, Patience Onogu said said she was taught several skills at SORENID and would like to continue some so the skills she learnt at the Centre.
She said “It is unfortunate that some of our youths are interested in quick money. It is this quest for quick money that usually forces them to embark on the perilous journey.
Let’s be patient and pray to God for His Will to be done in our lives.