By Adejumo Kabir
Chemical Engineering students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife under the umbrella of Nigeria Society of Chemical Engineers (NSCHE ) during the week organised Second Annual Lecture in honour of Late Professor S. K. Layokun at Ajose Lecture Theatre of the university.
The lecture has in attendance, the Vice Chancellor of university, Professor Anthony Elujoba who was represented by Professor Fademileyin from Basic Medical Sciences, Professor Benjamin Ewa Ubi, a Professor of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology among other academicians in the university.
The Guest Speaker, Professor Benjamin Ewa Ubi while speaking on “Potentials of Biotechnology in Industrial Development” said indiscriminate food consumption is largely the foundation of aggravating diseases in Nigeria, thereby causing high death rate.
Professor Benjamin said despite availability of cheaper and more nutritional local foods, people are opting for processed foods which are injurious to their heath.
He said out of civilization people place the burden of terminal diseases on themselves through the consumption of process foods.
Most of the processed foods according to him , causes risks of reducing or impairing sight and other functional organs arguing that the risks could be ordinarily prevented by mere consumption of locust beans.
He also expressed concern on the rate of population increase at the expense of decrease in food production stating that by 2050, 70% increase in food production is needed to solve the rampant famine in Nigeria.
He said Nigerians are gradually ignoring fermented foods, balance diets which have greater positive impacts on human health and encouraging imported and processed foods.
The Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Anthony Elujoba was presented an award of meritorious service to awardees during the lecture attended by the wife of late Professor Layokun and other members of the family.