Covenant Eagle Seeks Better Attention for Biochemistry
A Covenant University alumnus, Mr Olukayode Mustapha, has asserted the deep involvement of biochemistry in food production, safety/quality and supply chain management; hence, biochemistry ought to be given serious attention in order for people to excel in it as a profession.
Mr. Mustapha made this assertion as the Guest Speaker at a recent Town and Gown Seminar of the Department of Biochemistry, Covenant, where he made a presentation titled ‘Application of Biochemistry to the Food Industry: From an Eagle’s Point‘.
He explained that biochemistry was a subject that covered most industry areas and could clearly be related to areas like packaging, food production, food safety and quality, architecture, microbiology/physiochemical, environment, research and development, supply chain management, and statistics among others.
Some of the things listed by Mr. Mustapha as the core functions of a Biochemist included checking quality/specifications of the raw material to be used, mixing, pasteurization, homogenization, filling, sterilization, and packaging. Others were safety/quality (fit for consumption), and record keeping/documentation (traceability and stock reconciliation).
The Guest Speaker advised students of the Biochemistry Department to prepare themselves for the job market while still in school, as that would build their minds for great placements on graduation. According to him, one of the ways the students could do that would be through relevant certifications at undergraduate level.
Earlier in her remarks, the Head, Department of Biochemistry, Professor Olubanke Ogunlana, appreciated the Covenant University Management for instituting such a rewarding and enriching platform and commended the Speaker of the day for responding promptly to a call to give back to his Alma Mater via the Seminar.
She appreciated the members of the Department for their consistent dedication to the success of the Seminar series and thanked the students for turning out en-mass. Professor Ogunlana charged the students to pay attention to the day’s lecture, which she described as a very significant one in the history of the Department’s Town and Gown events.
Also present were other senior officers of the Department.