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TETFund boss warns of looming food insecurity in Nigeria

By Chukwuma Muanya (Lagos) and Ernest Nzor (Abuja)
22 November 2021   |   3:29 am
Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Prof. Elias Bogoro, has raised the alarm over the threatening climate change effect on food security in Nigeria.

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Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Prof. Elias Bogoro, has raised the alarm over the threatening climate change effect on food security in Nigeria.

He expressed the fear at the 10th International Conference and Exhibitions, with the theme, “Sustainable Phytoeconomy in COVID-19 Era, Panacea to Global Economic Growth and Development,” organised by the Society for the Conservation of Phytofuel and Sciences (SCOPAS) in collaboration with the University of Abuja.

Bogoro said: “Harvests this year, particularly in the northern parts of Nigeria, have been disastrous. Where we were expecting to harvest 50 bags of grain, we ended up with less than five bags. We are all threatened by the circumstances of our inability to predict through research.”

In his remarks, SCOPAS National President, Prof. Moshood Belewu, stressed the need for more efforts in providing environment-friendly and low-carbon economic system to achieve sustainable growth and development in the post-COVID-19 era.

He said: “It is interesting that ecological conservation of our environment should be given great priority, hence we should pursue green and low carbon development by establishing an economy system for green and low carbon development, as well as promoting green transition in every phase of economic and social development.”

Also speaking, UNIABUJA Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdul Rasheed Na’Allah, noted that diversification would strengthen the economy, given the available resources nationwide.

In his presentation, Director-General, Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Prof. Ibrahim Doko, who was represented by the Director of Bio-resources, Diodiversity and Plantation Establishment Division, Dr. Sabinus Ebiriekwe, said government should reduce and, possibly, halt the importation of phytofuel plant products to encourage increased local production and content within the sub-sector.