GOVERNOR Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has called for a strong synergy among key players in the food safety system to guarantee the consumption of wholesome food in the country.
Governor Ahmed represented by the State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Goke Bamidele made the call today at the awareness creation on National Policy of Food Safety and its Implementation Strategy held in Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital.
The Governor noted that food safety is essential for the protection of human health and improving the quality of life in all countries.
According to him, for food safety to be ensured, there must be proper coordination between the health, Agriculture, Trade and Environment Sectors of government.
Governor Ahmed also asked governments, the food industry and individuals to collaborate in the prevention of food borne diseases.
In his address of welcome, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, emphasized the need to give adequate attention to food safety, saying that Nigeria had in the past placed more priority on food security thus neglecting food safety.
Professor Adewole who was represented by a Director in the Ministry, Mrs. Anthonia Opara, noted that food safety and security must be ensured in the country for the citizens to be healthy.
The Minister said the country was recently plagued with preventable food borne disease outbreak such as cholera, typhoid, Lassa fever and chemical contamination, pointing out that they are consequences of poor food safety culture and poor hygiene practices in the country.
In his lecture, titled “Understanding the basic principles and significance of food safety, a National Expert on Food safety, Mr. John Tehinse, said personal hygiene is key to food safety and security and cautioned against using agents of food contamination, especially chemicals.