By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
A nongovernmental organisation, Society for the Reconciliation of Distressed Nigerians in Diaspora (SORENID), has launched SWAZOBIA kitchen to promote skills and healthy eating amongst Nigerians.
Speaking during the launch yesterday at the headquarters of the NGO in Karu, Abuja, the founder of SORENID International, a retired Diplomat, Sir Uchenna B. Okafor,
“We want to empower our youth with best skills in cooking to replace fast food in the country. Our foods are healthy and very rich. We need to promote and export this to other parts of the world.
He said the 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. We will partner with WAZOBIA TV and champion the skills we are packaging.
“We also won’t to create Nigerian restaurant abroad and other parts of the country. We want the variety of food in the country to be represented so that Nigerians where ever the come from will find a food they are conversant with.
“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.”