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No Development Without Food Security – Professor Joseph Omada

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All policies and programmes designed to ensure that the country achieves the much-desired overall development will come to nought without striving to achieve food security, as it forms the bedrock for integrated national development.
This was the kernel of the convocation lecture of the 4th Combined Convocation of the Kogi State Polytechnic delivered by Professor Joseph Itah Omada

The lecture, which sought to examine the provision of food security and the expected roles of Polytechnic in achieving its components, was delivered by Professor Joseph Itah Omada, a former rector of the institution and director of research administration at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

Deliveri his paper , Prof. Omada emphasised that food security is a resource for development. According to the lecturer, quoting the World Bank at the 1996 World Food Summit, “food security is defined as when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” “Food security has to do with having at all times an adequate level of food and food products to meet the increasing consumption demand and mitigate fluctuations in output and price.”

According to the erudite professor, food security involves access to and availability of food, the stability of supplies, and the quality of the diet.

The professor, who is also a farmer, explained that food insecurity, on the other hand, “is the consequence of inadequate consumption of nutritious food, considering the psychological use of food by the body as being within the domain of nutrition and health. According to him, malnourishment also leads to poor health; hence, individuals fail to provide for their families. He reinstated that if left unaddressed, hunger will set in motion and an array of outcomes will perpetuate malnutrition, which reduces the ability of adults to work and give birth to healthy children, which will also erode children’s ability to learn and lead productive, healthy, and happy lives.

Participants at the Convocation Lecture


The lecturer opined that this truncation of human development undermines a country’s potential for economic development for generations to come. He added that “in recent years, however, most farm lands have been deserted due to some illegal activities in Nigeria such as kidnapping, banditry, robbery, and herder clashes, which have created fear in farmers. If this menace is unchecked, farmers will prefer to stay at home while hunger and poverty find their way into the homes of helpless farmers. Furthermore, any country that fails to prepare or plan for its future by making provision for the needed resources, including food, for development, is bound to remain in perpetual conflict, in particular social, emotional, and economic conflict.

The NOUN director of research administration recommended strategies for addressing food security, which include Strengthening safety nets to ensure that vulnerable families have access to food and water and money in their pockets to make vital purchases, delivering expedited emergency support by fast-tracking finance through existing projects to respond to crisis situations and Improving supply chains to reduce post-harvest food losses, improve hygiene in food distribution channels, and better link production and consumption.

Other recommendations include advocating for policy and regulatory reforms to improve the efficiency and integration of domestic food markets and reduce barriers to trade, Working with the private sector, government, scientists, tertiary institutions, and others to strengthen capacities to assess and manage, amongst others.

Earlier In his welcome address, the rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Salisu Usman Ogbo, thanked the guest lecturer of the day, other invited academicians, and the press for their time and love for the institution, saying that the topic was very apt, considering the nation’s need for development in all ramifications.

The chairman of the convocation, who is also the vice chancellor of the Federal University, Lokoja, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi, in goodwill message, emphasised the use of mechanised farming to improve food security in Kogi State and Nigeria.

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BREAKING! 287 Abducted Kuriga School Children Released

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About 287 Schoolchildren abducted by terrorists in Kaduna State on March 7, have regained their freedom.

This was revealed in the early hours of Sunday, March 24, by the Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani.

Terrorists had early on Thursday morning March 7, stormed LGEA Primary School, Kuriga, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State and kidnapped scores of pupils and teachers at about 8:20 am immediately after the morning assembly.

However, in a statement obtained  by SunriseNigeria, Sani specially thanked President Bola Tinubu, NSA Nuhu Ribadu and the Nigeria Army for the release of the Kuriga pupils and students.

 

The statement reads:

“In the name of Allah the Beneficient, the Most Merciful, I wish to announce that our Kuriga school children have been released.

“Our special appreciation goes to our dear President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR for prioritizing the safety and security of Nigerians and particularly ensuring that the abducted Kuriga school children are released unharmed.

“While the school children were in captivity, I spoke with Mr. President several times. He shared our pains, comforted us and worked round the clock with us to ensure the safe return of the children.

“Special mention must also be made of our dear brother, the National Security Adviser, Mal. Nuhu Ribadu for his exemplary leadership. I spent sleepless nights with Mal. Ribadu finetuning strategies and coordinating the operations of the security agencies, which eventually resulted in this successful outcome.

“The Nigerian Army also deserves special commendation for showing that with courage, determination and commitment, criminal elements can be degraded and security restored in our communities.

“We also thank all Nigerians who prayed fervently for the safe return of the school children. This is indeed a day of joy. We give Almighty Allah all the glory.”

Governor Sani is expected to receive the students shortly in Kaduna.

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3 Feared Dead as Nasarawa State University Students Struggle for Palliative Rice

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Tragedy struck at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) on Friday, as 3 students (eye witnesses gave a higher figure) were feared dead on Friday in Keffi in a stampede during the distribution of rice palliative to them by the state government.

The incident occurred at the convocation square where the bags of rice were kept awaiting the arrival of Gov. Abdullahi Sule for the commencement of distribution.

According to a student who witnessed the incident, Moses Ajah, the surging crowd of students waiting to enter the square overpowered the security personnel and broke in through the gate thereby causing a stampede.

He described the incident as very unfortunate.

“Some of the students were struggling with the police over the rice and as more students got information, the situation degenerated.

“As we speak some students are injured and receiving treatment at the school,” NAN quoted him as saying.

He said some students picked up bags of rice and ran to their hostels and other places of residence even as the governor was yet to arrive to inaugurate the distribution.

As at the time of filing this report, police officers were seen retrieving the palliatives from students.

When contacted, Mr Abraham Ekpo, Information and Protocol Officer of the University, said he was aware of the incident but yet to get details about it.

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Students, Staff, Others Commend Benue University Management on Dress Codes

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By Elizabeth Okwe

Students and staff of the Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi have commended the management of the University over the recent dress codes it imposed on the students on and off the campus, saying that its impact is already being felt on the appearance and behaviour of the students.

A cross section of the students who spoke to SunriseNigeria on the recent development said they supported the regulations because the campus is a place for academic development as well as character moulding and should not be a playground for indecent behaviour and gangsterism.

The University’s management recently announced a ban on dreadlock hairs, make-up, skirts above knees and other certain dress codes it deemed inappropriate and indecent.

The implementation task force set up by the university had warned in a statement that the institution would sanction any student found violating the approved dress code.

The statement read, “The Taskforce Committee writes to address students on the dress code and artificiality both in campus and off-campus as follows:

“BOYS: No sagging, No Make up, No dreading of hair (dada), No dyeing of hair (coloring of hair), No wearing of shorts/three quarter trousers to Lectures, No leaving of hair uncombed, No wearing of armless shirts, No wearing of earring, No plaiting of hair, No keeping of heavy beards, No wearing crazy trousers, and other indecencies.

“GIRLS: No body hug, No wearing of armless clothes, No dyeing of hair (coloring of hair), No wearing short, No exposure of sensible parts of the body, No Leg chain, No Nose ring, No putting of multiple earrings (only one earring is allowed).

“No folding of shirts on a trouser or skirt, only black and brown color attachment is allowed, No wearing of crazy trousers, No wearing of skirts above the knees, No wearing of leggings without long top (shirt) and other related indecencies”.

Prof Joe Tor Iorapuu
Vice-chancellor, Beuue State University

The students, most of whom preferred to remain anonymous in the interviews, said the new measures will go a long way in eradicating or minimizing incidents of irresponsible behaviour in the institution, while students will be more focused on their academic pursuits.

Also some members of staff and parents who spoke to SunriseNigeria on the development  commended the management of standing strong in the defence of its mandate to produce graduates worthy of their certificates in character and learning.

They particularly commended the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Joe Tor Iorapuu over his pragmatic administrative steps since assuming the leadership of the institution which has resulted in massive upgrades in academic standards and staff welfare, eradication of cultism other vices on campus and improved ranking amongst universities in Nigeria.

In a telephone interview with our correspondent, the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Joe Tor Iorapuu defended the management’s position on the dressing codes, saying that the responsibility of the institution was to produce graduates that would be responsible citizens.

He restated his commitment and that of his team to the general well-being of all students and staff of the institution and to ensure that its ranking continues to rise amongst its peers.

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