It is a the collective responsibility of every Nigeria to promote Nigerian food culture in order to ensure that everybody is living a good, healthy life and create employment opportunities to control and minimize the high level of unemployment in the country.
In a press statement in Abuja yesterday, Otunba Segun Runsewe who is the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture and the President, World Crafts Council (African Region) stated this.
He said that his call was to encourage and draw the attention of Nigerians towards patronising the made in Nigeria food, ensure the promotion of the Nigerian food culture and to see to it that the consumption of foreign foods which the preservatives are chemicals that have no health benefit to the human body but negative effects.
The DG added that other nations of the world are coming up with different means of downplaying the effects of Covid-19 pandemic, noting that it has resulted to economic runndown to every part of the world, but if we can promote the consumption of Nigerian food, then Covid-19 won’t have much effect on the country at large.
The statement reads: “Nigerian foods are not only natural and rich in nutrients, most of our foods are medicinal and can help to build the body and boost our immune system.”
In the contribution of the Executive Chairman, Business Visa Limited, Alh. Sani Garba, he stated that Business Visa is a non governmental organization putting together a platform where all the small scale entrepreneurs, especially women and youths can come together and express themselves in terms of availing themselves of business opportunities available to them and come together to harness such opportunities and proffer solutions to their problems.
Further pleaded with the Federal Government to come up with a conducive environment to enable small scale entrepreneurs to market their finished products especially the ones in agro businesses.
Furthermore, Runsewe said that the Nigerian food basket has the capacity to create 2,000 direct jobs and 2,500 indirect jobs in a short term and over 5 million jobs in the long run if sustained.