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Scientists advocate need for food security in Nigeria

Some Nigerian scientists have advocated finding a lasting scientific solution and approach to attaining sustainable food security, as it is critical to the country’s survival and elimination of hunger.

They noted that statistics have shown that there may be severe food challenges waiting to happen in Nigeria if urgent action is not taken to reduce the glitches facing the agriculture industry in Nigeria.

The scientists made this known when Nigeria Prize for Science team announced it has received 107 entries from scientists worldwide for the 2022 edition, sponsored by Nigeria NLNG Limited, titled ‘innovations in sustainable food security’.
The Advisory Board for the prize, chaired by Prof. Barth Nnaji, former Minister of Power handed over the 107 entries to the judges, headed by Prof. Christian Ugwu Agbo, of the Department of Agriculture, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

NLNG General Manager for External Relations and Sustainable Development, Mr. Andy Odeh, represented by the acting Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Mrs. Anne-Marie
Palmer-Ikuku, stated that scientists are needed now, more than ever before in the country’s history, to wade off a food crisis that would negatively impact sustainable development goals.

He said NLNG is very keen on ensuring that Nigeria Prize for Science creates opportunities for positive impact in all spheres of life in
Nigeria.

“This is why we are taking continuous improvement steps to revitalise and rekindle the drive for development and to build a
better Nigeria, in line with our company’s vision,” he said

Odeh explained that the programme was their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to give back to the society where they operate.

He said: “This is because our vision of being a globally competitive LNG Company helping to build a better Nigeria rests on
promoting excellence everywhere we see it. And no nation can develop without excellence in science/innovation and in the arts/humanities.”

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