A resolution to enforce food vendors in Ogun State to provide good safety measures against food contamination and other unhygienic practices has been passed by the State House of Assembly.
The passage of the House Resolution titled: “H.R. No. 008/2018- A Call on the State Government to compel all food vendors operating in the State to provide safety measures against food contamination”, followed a motion moved by the Sponsor, Hon. Akanbi Bankole, seconded by Tunde Sanusi and supported by the Whole House through a voice vote.
The resolution partly read: “It is the opinion of this Honourable House, that all food vendors at every location and shop in Ogun State should not expose food to flies and other contamination, they should make provision for covered display unit (show case) for the food to be sold for people’s consumption”.
Opening debate on the motion, Hon. Bankole canvassed for the preparation and preservation of food items especially in public places under hygienic conditions, as it was harmful to expose foods and other consumable items to air-borne diseases. He admonished Sanitary Inspectors in Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to step up measures at monitoring compliance, to ensure healthy living among residents, with a charge to his colleague-lawmakers to support the motion.
In their separate contributions, other lawmakers including Adebowale Ojuri, Akinpelu Aina, Olayiwola Ojodu, Ganiyu Oyedeji and Idowu Olowofuja decried the indiscriminate display of food items at road side, calling for more enlightenment and enforcement of necessary hygienic practices by the State Ministry of Health including hand washing and imposition of relevant fines where necessary to ensure compliance.
Honourables Olusola Sonuga, Victor Fasanya, Yetunde Adekanbi-Sogbein and the Deputy Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, in their unanimous submissions called on the people to complement government’s efforts at re-orientating food vendors to checkmate any impending epidemic that could arise through intake of contaminated food/drink.