FOR his strides towards improving the food value chain in Kano State, the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology, NIFST, has given a special award to Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State. The award, which is the third to be given to any individual in the forty years of existence of the institute, was presented during its 40th Annual General Meeting and Conference held in Kano. Unveiling the award, which was earlier received by the state Deputy Governor, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, during the state weekly executive council meeting, he said the body, which is strictly focused on standards, decided to honour the governor for his landmark as exemplified by his commitment to revamp agriculture and food production. Prof. Hafiz, a fellow of the institute, said: “it is the third award to be given by this body of professionals in the past 40 years. It is a disciplined body that is very conscious of standards. This award, therefore, underscores the fact that its awards are merit based and not given out anyhow”, he said. The institute, he maintained has been following what the governor has been doing in terms of investment in food for the citizenry, pointing out that it is equally appreciative of the governor’s support towards the emergence of its new leaders during the recent annual general meeting. Receiving the award, Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who expressed appreciation to the institute on the award, noted that it has a big challenge to ensure that Nigerians obtained good quality foodstuff in the face of restrictions on imported processed foods. ‘We must strive to feed ourselves in these trying economic times and the Nigerian Instituted of Food Science and Technology has a pivotal role to play in this regard’, the governor stressed.