The Ogun State Government has charged Nigerians to consume locally made ‘Ofada Rice’ regularly in order to boost food security and encourage farmers in the country.
The charge was made at this years’ edition of Festival of Food and Identity hosted by the Institute of Cultural Studies of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
The Ogun State Governor who noted that agriculture was capable of changing the economic situation of the country explained that the theme of the event resonated with his administration’s initiative in Agriculture and food security.
“We believe Agriculture, and more appropriately, Agri-business, with its attendant value chain, has the potential to change the narration of our nation’s excessive and dangerous dependence on oil. We enjoin all of you, and, indeed all Nigerians to accept and pay greater attention to Ofada Rice. It is healthier and far more nutritious.” Amosun said
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede stated that the university was striving to live up to the objectives of its founding fathers by giving prominence to the study, promotion, and preservation of African culture.
“The festival seeks to enshrine the place and memory of our indigenous food culture in the psyche of our youths and to reiterate our capacity to survive as a people through the adoption and preservation of our culture,” he said.