The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has said that Nigeria must ensure standards are put in place, so that its food exports can be accepted and be of international standards.
Dr. Onu said this when he hosted the president of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology, in his office in Abuja.
TheFact Nigeria observed that food security is of critical importance to Nigeria’s survival, as every nation must be in a position to feed itself.
The Minister commended the Institute for their crucial work in ensuring that food safety and standards are ensured in the country.
He said when local production is encouraged, the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will rise and more jobs will be created, more funds will be available to the Federal Government to provide critical infrastructure.
He said, “Nigeria must be self-sufficient in food production; also we have to ensure that we maintain standards in food production”.
The Minister further said that his Ministry will not rest on its oars, in moving Nigeria’s economy from commodities to a knowledge dependent economy.
“A knowledge based economy will help Nigeria transform its natural resources to needed finished goods and services”, he said.
Speaking earlier, President of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology, Prof. Maduebisi Ofo Iwe, appreciated the Minister and the Ministry for their role in the passage of the Nigerian Council of Food Science and Technology Act.
He further assured of the Council’s readiness to support and ensure food security, safety and availability to Nigerians.