A non-government organisation, Threefold Impact has called for the spread of knowledge on food preservation to enable Nigeria overcome the challenge of food insecurity now or in the future.
Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Remi Odunsi made the call at a programme organised for students in Epe Lagos, recently.
The programme tagged, “Epe Innovation Challenge” engaged students in brain-tasking exercises aimed at developing them academically and intellectually.
The students, selected across schools in the community proved their ingenuity and creative ability in a tough spelling bee session and innovation challenge that borders on food security.
According to Odunsi, the goal of the initiative is to motivate children into learning and supporting the cause for a sound quality education.
She added, “More importantly, we aim to build the cognitive ability of our children and encourage them to be innovative and creative.”
Speaking emphatically on the innovation challenge, Odunsi said the focus was apt given that over nine million Nigerians are currently faced with food insecurity.
She said, “It’s high time we paid attention to food preservation in the country. We can’t be talking about hunger while food items are wasting away somewhere. At this juncture, everyone needs the knowledge of food preservation which is the thrust of our innovation challenge. To let the students have the knowledge from childhood, so it will live with them as they grow up.
She informed also that plans are in top gear to build a virtual learning centre in the community as part of efforts to promote quality education.
Also in attendance, Alara of Ilara Kingdom Oba Olufolarin Olukayode Ogunsanwo, commended the group for the initiative, adding that the step was right in bringing development to youth in the community.
Also speaking, one of the judges, Wole Awe sought for the revival of debate and literary activities in schools.
According to him, this would help build confidence in students and strengthen their ability to express themselves and share ideas.