A non-governmental organisation, the Food Hygiene Initiative of Nigeria (FHIN), has trained 300 Food Hygiene Officers on food preservation, administration and safety practices.
The Director-General of the organisation, Mr. Nicholas Karimu, during the one-day training exercise in Abuja on Thursday, said that the overall goal was to promote safety.
“Our ultimate goal is to prevent food-related diseases in the country,” he stated.
According to him, the training, whose participants were selected from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT, is aimed at educating food vendors and consumers on the dangers of consuming unhygienic food, especially in the rural areas.
“We trained them as food hygiene officers to go to the field and educate food vendors and consumers on the dangers of consuming unhygienic food.
“They are to also educate people on the benefits of proper nutrition and on the need to prevent food and water-borne diseases, especially in rural areas.
“We also warned the officers to be law-abiding, as they go to the field for their primary assignment, and not to indulge in any criminal activity,” he said.
Karimu, therefore, called on the Federal Government to initiate policies that would guarantee food safety in the country, saying that such policies would promote confidence in foods produced in Nigeria.
“We want the government, especially the policy makers, to make laws and policies that can guarantee food safety in the country.
“We want laws that will protect, promote and safeguard the rights of Nigerians to have access to safe food and water,” he said.
Mr. Nafiu Bello, a participant from Katsina State, thanked the organisation for the training exercise and promised to use the knowledge acquired to promote food safety in the country.
Another participant from Taraba, Miss Philomina Aziba, commended the training exercise and supported the call for the enactment of laws to promote food safety in the country.