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The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu on Thursday said the ministry would make use of research to achieve food security in the nation.

Onu made the declaration in Abuja when a delegation from the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) paid him a courtesy call in his office.

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The delegation was led by Dr Toyin Ajenifujah–Solebo, the Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the institute’s annual conference in October.

According to him, the ministry and other food-inclined agencies under the ministry have determined to holistically look inwards to providing food security through appropriate scientific and technological innovation.

He said the ministry had done a lot of research and innovation work in the areas of food production, processing, storage and safety.

Food production

Onu also said the present administration would not rest until Nigeria attains sufficient food production.

“President Buhari’s administration is committed to strengthening national economy via innovative technologies.

“This will reduce import dependence, enhance local content and strengthen self-sufficiency, “he said.

He said nations of the world become great and eminent by utilising the enormous power of science and technology to attain remarkable achievements in industrialisation, economic prosperity and social harmony.

As a result of this , he said that it had become imperative that Nigeria should seek diversification of its economy in a sustainable and competitive manner by deploying science and technology as the instrument for economic growth.

Bill passage

Speaking earlier, Solebo said that the passage of Bill on National Council of Food Science and Technology Act presented by the National Assembly would strengthen the institute.

“This will enable NIFST to ensure that we have the right professionals within the food sector.

“It will also ensure that food production processes are carried out under proper hygienic conditions.”

According to her, the bill will also empower the body to regulate the activities in the sector and ensure adequate food security and provide safety nets in the country.