Ogun State Governor Urges Scholars In Universities To Research More on Food Security

As it was disclosed that The Executive Governor of Ogun State,
Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has charged
researchers and scholars in the University
to embark on researches that would
alleviate the challenges of food security and
safety in the country.

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Amosun, who gave this charge during the
“Food Safety for Nutritionists and other
Professionals” programme held at the
Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
(FUNAAB) in partnership with the International Life Science Institute, University of Ghana, Legon (ILSI-UGL), noted that this year’s theme for the World Health Day, “From Farm to Fork”, highlighted the global concerns for food safety, amplified the
emerging threat from food-borne diseases
and showed that there was still the need for
concerted efforts at stemming the menace
of food-borne disease in the society.

The Governor, who was represented by the
Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry
of Health, Dr. Daisi Odeniyi, stated that
there had been an increase in the upsurge
of food-borne diseases due to the
consumption of contaminated food items
such as vegetables, beans, and other
products, which could result in sudden
death, because the basic principles of
hygiene were not followed, while producing
such food items.

Sen. Amosun noted that there was the need
to educate people on the dangers of eating
unwholesome food, adding that the State
Ministry of Agriculture regularly inspects
abattoirs to certify that they were fit for the
processing of meat for human
consumption.

According to him, residues and fruits were
subjected to laboratory analysis, while the
State Ministry of Health also got some
brands of sachets of packed water,
popularly called “pure water”, to undergo
the same laboratory analysis.

From the results, it was found that a
reasonable number of the things that were
being consumed were not up to standard,
hence the need to train and retrain sachet
water producers, bakers, food vendors and
others, to address unhygienic food
processing procedures.

The Ogun State Governor congratulated
FUNAAB for organising what he described
as the timely and apt workshop, noting that
the University was a hub of academic
excellence, as he expressed his
administration’s willingness to share from
the reservoir of University’s research efforts.


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