The Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland, Baba Madugu has said, “Rita Kobler-Emiko, Founder, and CEO of Specialized office for Migrants, Migrantenfaschstelle (MIFA) Wil, Switzerland has made Nigeria proud.”
Ambassador Baba Madugu made the remark on Friday 25 March at the inauguration of the Specialized office for Migrants, held in Wil, saying: “From what I have seen and heard I am very pleased and impressed at the laudable achievement of this Nigerian, Rita Kobler-Emiko, in Switzerland,” adding: “This is the kind of news I like to hear about Nigerians.”
The office for Migrants (MIFA) offers services in counselling, support and assistance to migrants, and refugees, and in understanding the Swiss Everyday Life. These include issues like migration, integration, employment, education, health, social and family.
The services are held in collaboration with Swiss municipalities and cantons to complement those offered by municipalities, integration agencies, social services, child and adult protection authorities.
Guests being entertained at the event.
The goal of MIFA, according to Rita, is to be an intercultural contact point, and to lighten the intercultural burdens being carried by authorities and institutions, and to expand the existing integration services, to promote mutual understanding, and harmonious co-existence through building cultural bridges and closing lapses.
Some of the goodies provided at the occasion.
“Where and when a person has culture and language problems, MIFA provides bridge-builder to accompany the person to anywhere he/she requires assistance such as going to see Health personnel, going for an interview, information about education. It can also offer service to business persons on business trip to Switzerland,” Rita explained.
Guests visit to the Children-care section
How did she come to the idea of the organization? She said the idea occurred to her about seven years ago when she experienced the difficulties new migrants face when they arrive in a foreign country, Switzerland in this case. The experience led her to pursue a professional education in the discipline. After the training she set up an office two years ago in Bronschhofen. She moved to Wil in January this year because she needed a bigger and central place to accommodate the additional activities the office engages in such as children care.
A Bridge-Builder with a kid at the center.
She employed 2 fixed employees, 12 bridge-builders in part-time basis; “all together these bridge-builders have perfect command of 20 languages, making it possible for us to handle diverse clients,” she explained.
Among the guests that came to grace the occasion were, Minister-Counselor Nigerian Embassy Bern, Mr. Yakubu Adamu; President the City of Wil, Mr. Hans Mäder; City Councilor Dario Sulzer; Integration Officer Wil, Dominique Tschannen.
Walter Gysel and Meinrad Rieser from the IAS Integrationschor Wil thrilled guests with music at the event.
Others are: Andrea Keller Integration officer Weinfelden, Jasmin Gonzenbach-Katz Canton Thurgau Department of Education and Culture, Office for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, Dr. Johnson Odibo President Nigerian in Diaspora Organisation, (NIDO) Switzerland and Lichtenstein.
Contact: MIGRANTENFACHSTELLE MIFA GmbH Rita Kobler-Emiko, Geschäftsführerin Toggenburgerstrasse 64
9500 Will, Tel: 071 554 48 12, Mobile: 077 432 34 43