Access to good nutrition can help control crime, Don says

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By Ige Adekunle

A Don, Prof. Israel Afolabi on Saturday suggested that deliberate use of the dietary approach could help in crime control at the national and global levels.

Afolabi, who is of the Department of Biochemistry, Covenant University, Ota, gave the counsel while delivering the 31st Inaugural Lecture of the institution.

He said: “I believe that the level of crime will be reduced if the community is given adequate diet and nutrients, especially at the childhood level.

“The current insecurity crisis experienced in our nation may be attributed to poor access to good nutrition, as food and nutrients are programme software that drive the behaviour of humans in response to her community,” he said.

The professor of Nutritional Biochemistry & Phytomedicine, urged the Federal Government to establish a ministry of food processing which should be encouraged to use local research output by industries in Nigeria.

Afolabi said that providing tax incentives for these industries would also create market competition that may force the price of services down for the benefit of the citizens.

He also urged the Federal Government to further invest and reinvest in technological revolution to drive national development.

The don added that technological drive was imperative for national development, adding that such a drive would engage the minds of several youths to reduce crime.

According to him, proper education which inculcates critical thinking dynamics of youths and explores their knowledge gaps for practicable global competition is needed.

The don emphasised that universities and research institutes should be empowered through adequate funding to generate products and services for global competition.

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In his welcome address, Prof. Abiodun Adebayo, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, said that the 31st Inaugural Lecture was critical and timely to addressing fundamental human existence.

Adebayo said that the entire nation was grappling with acute hunger and nutritional deficiency, due to the incessant destruction of food production and distribution chains rising from armed banditry and numerous attacks on farmers, among others.

“It is time for the federal government to look inward and see how food could be made available to everyone, because a hungry man is an angry man,” he said.

The vice-chancellor assured that the institution would continue to strive hard to ensure that it promoted research that would advance food security in the country.

Adebayo also urged the federal government to continue to diversify the economy from oil to Agriculture to secure food security and tame the price of goods and services.

Edited by Oluyinka Fadare

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