In commemorating the 2019 World Egg Day, the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC) of the University, in collaboration with Premier Feed Mills, celebrated the day in grand style in FUNAAB by hosting students from selected secondary schools in Abeokuta to an enlightenment programme on the importance of egg to human health.
The Director of AMREC, Prof. Dorcas Adegbite, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Dr. Olalekan Oyekunle, stated that the International Egg Commission (IEC) had chosen the second Friday of every October as a special day when people around the world would celebrate the importance of egg production and its role in food security. Reiterating the essence of the day, the Director, AMREC stated that the importance of egg to human beings cannot be over-emphasised. She described egg “as a highly affordable, excellent source of high quality protein, which is essential to human growth because of its nutritional value”. She enjoined students to pay close attention to the programme, saying it was a right step in the right direction while urging teachers to ensure they shared the knowledge gained with other students in their schools.
On the purpose of the event, the Convener and Programme Leader, Extension and Adaptive Research of AMREC, Dr. Oluwakemi Irekhore said the World Egg Day was first celebrated in 1996. She said the idea behind the day was to raise awareness on the importance of egg all over the world and to appreciate the contributions of egg to the society. Stressing the economic and nutritional importance of egg, the Programme Leader, Livestock Research, Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Dr. Kazeem Bello said, “Egg is a very good source of http://funis.unaab.edu.ng/cheap and high-quality protein, a rich source of Selenium, Vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as Zinc, Iron and Copper”. Dr. Bello enlightened the students on the benefits of egg, stating that it remained a good source of protein for good health.
Highlights of the event were an egg race, questions and answers session, presentation of gifts to winners of the game as well as students with the best answers to the questions. Schools present at the occasion were FUNAAB International School (FUNIS); Muslim High School, Isolu; Salawu Abiola Comprehensive High School, Osiele; Al-Jihad International Model School, Camp; Stephen Centre International School, Odo-Eran; and Nawair-Ud-Deen Grammar School, Obantoko; all in Abeokuta.