Gombe State welcomes Food Safety Campaign

 

Gombe State welcomes Food Safety Campaign

ABUJA – 28 February 2018 - 

Key policymakers and representatives of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) engaged with members of the National Food Safety Management Committee (NFSMC) in the Gombe state capital between 20 and 22 February, 2018. The interactive sessions were facilitated by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), within the context of the European Union (EU) funded National Quality Infrastructure Project for Nigeria (NQIP).

UNIDO-NQIP, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, aims to create awareness among participants on basic principles and significance of food safety to representatives of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and OPS in Gombe state.

Senior officials from the Ministries of Agriculture, Health, Trade and Industry; Information, and Environment; and members of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and the Gombe chapter of Commodity Depot and Exchange Centre (COMDEC) were present at the first day consultative meeting with the Executive Governor of Gombe State, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, James Pisagih.

The second day interaction featured a speech by the Honourable Minister for Health, represented by NFSMC Chairman, Fubara Chuku, and a presentation by the UNIDO-NQIP National Expert on Food Safety, titled, ‘Reforming the Nigerian food safety control system for safer foods and improved food trade’. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session. Participants included representatives from Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI), National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Gombe Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (GOCCIMA), Shippers’ Association;  entrepreneurs, members of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) as well as the Gombe State Media Corporation (GMC) and print media

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