CU Biological Sciences Students Motivated for Careers in the Confectionery Industry
The Department of Biological Sciences held its 5th Town & Gown seminar on Friday, February 12, 2016 with the topic, ‘Building a Successful Career in the Confectionary Industry: A life Scientist’s Perspective,’ aimed at awakening the students to the various opportunities for employment in the confectionery industry.
In her remarks at the event, the Head of Department, Professor Adeola Ajayi expressed her excitement to have the guest speaker, who she described as an erudite scientist and tireless professional, at the occasion.
She stated that the idea of Town and Gown was to bring about a better integration and understanding between the academia and the industry in order to engender innovation, development and increased productivity in the various sectors of the economy. She enjoined the students, staff and faculty to be open to learn as the lecture commences.
While making his presentation, the guest speaker, Mr. Lawrence Olasehinde, who is the Marketing Director, My Joy Foods Limited, Ibadan, Oyo State, defined confectionery as the art of making food items that are rich in sugar and carbohydrates.
He said the origin of the confectionery industry dates as far back as 2600-2100 BC in Babylon and later spread to Egypt and then to the Roman Empire, where yeast and leavening agents were introduced and then to Europe.
Mr. Olaseinde pointed out that Nigeria was a large and vibrant market for the industry and stated that the average Nigerian consumes considerable amount of snacks on daily bases, which points to the fact that the market was large and ready for fresh business ventures. He noted that the confectionery industry is more suited to graduates from the Biological Sciences, especially in the area of quality assurance; stating that a scientists’ approach to the job would be more informed than that of a lay man.
Present at the event were the Director, Industry Partnership, Professor Olawole Obembe; members of the Department of Biological Sciences and some members of the College of Science and Technology.