A Professor of Food Chemistry, Ibiyinka Ogunlade of Ekiti State University (EKSU) has advocated that government could arrest the crisis of hunger and food insecurity through proper education on how to make abundant food available to all.
Professor (Mrs.) Ibiyinka Ogunlade said that proper awareness drive and a robust advocacy on abundant food production coupled with research and implementation of its findings would provide an avenue to arrest the situation particularly in Nigeria.
Delivering the 41st inaugural lecture of Ekiti State University titled “Food and Education: CATALYST FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”, Professor Ogunlade who suggested the establishment of small scale industries for effective mode of utilization of weeds in food and chemical industries stressed that the government must have the political will to take such measures in arresting food insecurity.
She also recommended the establishment of Agro-based industries which could convert farm products into finished produce, such as “Pounded yam” from yam, cocoa and coffeebeans to all types of beverages and tea.
The inaugural lecturer in her 82-page lecture further advocated that Nigerians should return to nature food programme with what she described as “Return to Nature” Food programme advocacy warning that people should avoid eating junk foods which could result in the occurrence of diseases such as cancer and diabetes among others.
Professor Ogunlade reeled out her contributions in the field of chemical evaluation and nutrients potentials noted that government should encourage indigenous safe food processing and reservation technologies to ensure food availability throughout the year.
The erudite Professor further urged government and tertiary institutions to establish well equipped laboratories to facilitate generations and utilization of nutrient profiles data of various indigenous and underutilized food plant.
The Chairman of the occasion which was attended by dignitaries from far and near, Professor Oladipo Aina, the EKSU Vice-Chancellor, pronounced Professor Ibiyinka Ogunlade as fit to occupy the professoral chair.