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Sanwo-Olu urges citizens to take charge of food security



Sanwo-Olu urges citizens to take charge of food security

By Oluwatope Lawanson

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Wednesday urged citizens to rise to the task of ensuring a safer environment for food processing and safety.

Sanwo-Olu made the call at the 1st Lagos State Food Safety Conference and Exhibition, hosted by the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA).

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the program, held at the NECA Event House, Lagos, on “Food Safety – What Good Consumers Need to Know”, brought together parties stakeholders in the manufacturing and food vendor sectors.

The governor, represented by Attorney General and Justice Commissioner Moyosore Onigbanjo, said the inauguration of LASCOPA would complement the efforts of other sister agencies to ensure food security in the state.

“I congratulate the board of directors and management of LASCOPA for organizing this event shortly after the agency’s inauguration.

“On this occasion, I recalled having drawn attention to the need to increase the level of citizens’ awareness of their rights as consumers and of the processes for the implementation of their rights.

“This conference is therefore a welcome event by providing a platform for consumers to be informed about their rights against the injustices of poor service that manufacturers inflict on them and to seek redress under the law,” he said. -he declares.

Sanwo-Olu argued that the impact and consequences of harmful foods on society are enormous and can harm the state’s economy.

“Food safety calls for awareness of the need to ensure that food products are stored safely at every stage.

“Advocacy along this line is not just about what we eat, but more importantly, the implications of these foods, many professionals often point to the cost of unsafe foods being high.

“We all need to be mindful of food safety given its inherent benefits and implications. According to the United Nations, there are an estimated 600 million cases of foodborne illness in the world each year.

“In addition, an estimated 420,000 deaths from foodborne illness, while children under five carry 40% with 125,000 deaths each year worldwide,” he said. declared.

Sanwo-Olu stressed that the reports provided by the UN were chilling enough and called for an urgent need to stand up to ensure a safer environment for food processing and safety.

“There is no denying that UN statistics have highlighted that unsafe food poses a threat to human health and the economy.

“Access to sufficient and safe food is essential for sustaining life and promoting good health, this conference will help create a scene in Lagos State and ensure that manufacturers strictly adhere to best practices and processes.

“LASCOPA’s role in ensuring food safety and protecting consumer rights against unhealthy products is crucial and complements the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture.

“LASCOPA’s commitment ensures that the incidence of foodborne illness will be dramatically reduced if not completely eradicated,” he said.

The governor urged conference attendees to use the opportunity as a platform to launch a new perspective to ensure food safety laws for citizens.

“I hope that this gathering of food security experts and relevant stakeholders will serve as a platform to identify the key and essential elements for the formation of food security policies.

“They will also provide the plans for updating this policy in the state. Let me also stress that ensuring food security in our society should not be the exclusive preserve of government alone.

“It should be our collective responsibility. The greatest responsibility lies with consumers for the food they buy and how they handle it.

“As we play our part through LASCOPA’s efforts, citizens must also take personal responsibility for their health and well-being.

“Consumers should be vigilant and provide a prompt report to the agency when necessary,” said Sanwo-Olu. (NAA)

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