…As NMA advocates total ban on hydrogenated oil, to reduce heart attacks***
The University of Ilorin on Tuesday hiked its school fees by 35 per cent, dashing the hopes of students who had earlier pleaded for a 15 percent hike on the rock.
The University spokesman, Mr Kunle Akogun told newsmen that the initial increment was by 48.4 per cent as against the general conception of 100 per cent; but has now been slashed to 35 percent, with increment reflecting only in university and faculty charges.
”As a result of reduction in the Federal Government reimbursement for the university running cost on recurrent expenditure and the consideration on the financial realities on ground, it’s imperative that the university management made adjustment in the charges,” he said.
The university’s spokesman explained further that economic realities were considered and that the institution was spending a lot of money on necessities.
He explained that the new fees would be a little above N21,000 while other charges such as faculty and departmental charges would depend according to individual faculties in the university.
Reacting, the university’s Students Union (SU) Chairman, Mr Animashaun Emmanuel, told NAN that the union had met with the university management, adding that the union’s proposal earlier, was just 15 per cent increase.
He explained that the union had not reached agreement yet on the 35 per cent increment by the university management since the union’s agitation was 15 per cent.
“We will meet with other presidents from the various faculties to deliberate on the issue, then will reach agreement on the new 35 per cent increment,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Tuesday advocated for a policy to ban totally hydrogenated oil and reduce Trans Fatty Acids in food chain to two per cent to tackle cardiovascular diseases in the country.
The NMA President, Dr Francis Faduyile, made the proposal when he visited NAFDAC’s Director-General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, in Abuja.
Faduyile explained that the policy was necessary due to increasing cases of sudden death globally, including Nigeria, caused by cardiovascular diseases arising from consumption of trans fatty acids and hydrogenated oils.
He said that World Health Organisation (WHO) had advised nations to review their food supply chains with the aim to eliminating the harmful oils.
According to him, WHO also provided replace strategy as an easy programming tool in achieving the objective.
“Base on this, NMA has developed a project known as ‘improving the cardiovascular health of Nigerians’ as a sustainable vehicle to support all sector efforts and partners to rid the country’s food supply chain of trans fatty acids and hydrogenated oils.
“This project was unveiled on Sept. 26, 2018, in Abuja here during the National Stakeholders meeting,” he said.
The NMA president stated that the courtesy call was to seek collaboration with NAFDAC in ensuring effective restriction of the content of trans-fatty acids in food to only two per cent and total ban for hydrogenated oils.
Faduyile expressed readiness to work with NAFDAC and other critical stakeholders in achieving the course.
He said that the association had given a timeline of December 2019 to achieving the goal.
Responding, Adeyeye promised to work with NMA to ensuring such policy was developed and enforced.
The director-general said that massive awareness creation was needed because consumption of harmful oils had killed a lot of Nigerians.
She stated that palm oil had the highest of trans-fatty acids and advised people to reduce excessive consumption of palm oil in their daily meals.
The NAFDAC boss however suggested for constitution of technical committee between her agency and NMA to develop the policy.