Former People’s Democratic Party chairman, Audu Ogbeh has blasted the eating culture of Nigerians which he believes predisposes citizens to illnesses and diseases due to poor balance diet.
Chief Audu Ogbe
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe has called on Nigerians to make conscious efforts at eating well always, according to the Vanguard.
The Minister made this call in his office on Monday, when he received a delegation, led by the Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital, Ibadan and the Country Manager of Harvest Plus, also based in Ibadan.
The Minister stated that Nigerians eat badly, as most of our food contains too much carbohydrate, adding that “eating well is not the same as eating much”.
The Minister also said, “If we feed better, illnesses and diseases will reduce.” Chief Ogbeh pointed out that there is serious crisis of malnourishment, with 37% of Nigerian children malnourished, and that this poses a threat to the future.
He thus stated that Government is making serious efforts to ensure that Nigerians eat well-balanced food. “We need to spread the message far and wide”, the Minister stated.
Governor of Niger State, Dr. Abubakar Bello, who was at the meeting, expressed satisfaction with the work of the University College Hospital and Harvest Plus. He invited Harvest Plus to his State for more discussions, as he looks forward to partnering with the organization.