Biotechnology: An Instrument of Change
The need for the application of Biotechnology as an instrument of change for improved living was stressed at the 5th International Biotechnology Conference Exhibition and Workshop (IBECW), tagged “Food, Health and Environment-Behaviour and Practices for improved Living”, organized by the Department of Biological Sciences at the Centre for Learning Resources, Covenant University.
The Guest Speaker, Professor Louis Ezeogu, in his presentation titled “Biotechnology in the Food Industry-Exciting Prospects for Nigeria and Africa” said that there are exciting opportunities in biotechnology when practiced by a country.
“The exciting opportunities when practicing biotechnology in a country help to create more jobs because labour is cheap. Also, this process helps to develop a nation technologically, especially in the area of producing food items on a larger scale, thereby eliminating malnutrition,” he stated.
The Guest Speaker added that Nigeria has refused to adapt to new innovations, leading to lack in improved living. To recover our food industry, we need to start practicing biotechnology. In his words, “One of our challenges as a country is that we have refused to adapt to new changes like the biotechnology. It is an area we need to invest in as regard the 21st century innovation”
In his opening remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, represented by the Head of Department, Computer and Information Sciences, Dr. Ayodele Adebiyi, stated that the theme for the conference was an important one, as it relate to all aspects of human endeavour. He also urged all the participants to be actively involved to produce a positive outcome that would improve standard of living.
In his words, “Looking at the focus of this year’s conference, ‘Food and Health and Environment’ it is important to humans, because without food, no one can survive; and health as we normally say is wealth”.
Giving the vote of thanks, the Acting Head of Department, Biological Sciences, Dr. Conrad Omonhinmin, said the objective of the 3-day conference, was to start a change in human life because Africa had been termed a “a dark” continent, where we prefer to adopt than to create.
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