By Dayo Adu
Tertiary institutions have been challenged to come up with research proposals on innovations that would reduce the burden of poverty in Nigeria
Speakers at the experiment of Nutri-Active baby food, locally produced through a Tetfund research grant at the University of Ibadan threw the challenge in their various speeches at the event.
The Tetfund principal investigator of the intervention project, Professor Kuta Yahaya, said the initiative aimed to reduce malnutrition, poverty and child mortality in Nigeria.
Professor Yahaya noted that with the introduction of NutriActive Baby food, mothers can now feed their babies wholesome and nutritious food without breaking the bank on imported foods.
The Director General of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Dr. Mohammed Bulama, in a keynote address, said the intervention project was apt in tackling the escalating cost of children’s upbringing, noting that the early years of life were pivotal in shaping the health, growth and development of the Nigerian child.
Represented by the Zonal Director, Radio Nigeria, Ibadan Zonal Station, Mr. Dominic Mokikan, Dr. Bulama urged adults to eat right to prolong their life expectancy.
Our correspondent, Dayo Adu reports that the Nutriactive baby food is a complementary food for infants, an intervention project of the research team from the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Ibadan.
The baby food is formulated through the combination of plant-based local grains with 23 nutrients capable of enhancing the rapid development of babies from six to twenty-four months displayed in different combinations of rice, soya beans, orange, fresh potato, banana and dates with no preservatives and additives.
The infants accepted the food, prepared and tested on babies by their mothers at the maternity unit of the University of Ibadan Health Services.
Two mothers, who relayed their experiences while feeding their babies with the food, lauded the initiative by the University’s research team.
Earlier in his speech, while unveiling the Nutriactive baby food, the Vice Chancellor, of the University of Ibadan, Professor Kayode Adebowale, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, of Administration, Professor Peter Olapegba stated that the university was focusing its research on solving national multi-sectoral problems, calling on the government to invest in the mass production of the baby food for local consumption and export purposes.