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Worries over safety of foods in Nigeria

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By Segun Adeleye, Abeokuta

The University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole has charged Nigerians, to be more conscious and concerned about the safety of the food that they eat.

Oyewole gave the charge while declaring open, a Workshop on Food Safety and Risk Minimisation, held at the University International Scholars and Resource Centre.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, apathy on the part of Nigerians towards the safety of the food they eat is the cause of food borne diseases that either maimed or killed some of them untimely.
Pointing out that Nigeria is a reflection of the food intake of its citizenry, Professor Oyewole enjoined Nigerians to be mindful of the safety of the food they eat at all times.

Proffering the way forward for the Workshop, the Vice-Chancellor challenged the organizers to make it an annual International Workshop.

According to him, “we hope we will be able to turn this workshop to annual one, which should also not be restricted to Nigeria and Ghana alone, we should strive to make it an  International Workshop”.

In his message, the Facilitator, Dr. Y. Martin Lo of the Department of Food Science, University of Maryland, USA said his contact with FUNAAB was facilitated by Dr. Olusegun Obadina of the Department of Food and Technology, whom he met in Brazil and a former
student of the University whom he (Martin Lo) taught in Maryland.

Lo said his lecture would be based on his experience in America as a citizen, expressing his readiness to learn from participants, based on their experience in Nigeria.

Earlier, the Head of Department, Food Science and Technology, Professor Lateef Sanni described the Workshop as a product of the dream of the Vice-Chancellor, which was interpreted and actualized by Dr. Obadina.
The Workshop is organized by the University, in collaboration with University of Maryland, USA.

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