Nkechi Veronica Ezeh (Registrar/CEO) Nigerian Council of Food Science and Technology (NiCFoST)

 

 

Nkechi Veronica Ezeh is a native of Nanka in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra and a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST).

She is the pioneer Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Council of Food Science and Technology (NiCFoST), a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology. NiCFoST was created by the 2019 Establishment Act of the National Assembly to regulate the training and practice of Food Science and Technology profession in Nigeria.

Her public life started in National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology where she was a Chief Scientific Officer. She graduated from one of the leading Universities in Nigeria; the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1984 with a B.Sc (Hons.) Degree in Food Science and Technology.

Armed with a Master’s Degree (M.Sc Hon.) in Food Technology/Quality Assurance (2008) from the prestigious University of Reading, United Kingdom, her quest to contribute to a food regulatory Agency became more intense. The dream was fulfilled when she transferred her services to NAFDAC.

Her expertise and contributions to the activities of the Establishment Inspection Directorate in NAFDAC saw to the professional recognition of members of Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology who work in NAFDAC.

Also, her passion for food safety in general, contributed in no small measure to the establishment of the National Food Safety Management Committee (NFSMC). The Committee was established to drive the implementation of ‘National Policy on Food Safety and its Implementation Strategy’  to  enhance International Best Practices in the food sector that will lead to consumer protection against fraudulent practices, supply of unwholesome and sub-standard foods.

She brought her expertise to bear on various food activities in NAFDAC including food fortification programmes to mitigate micronutrient deficiencies especially as they affect children and the vulnerable; Breastmilk Substitutes (BMS) programme to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life and reduce the influence of marketers which tend to discourage mothers from breast feeding their babies; Codex Alimentarius activities that set food standards that nations must adopt; and creation of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Directorate (FSAN) in 2012. She headed the FSAN Directorate following the retirement of the pioneer Director and retired as the Head, Investment Facilitation Programme in One-Stop Investment Centre (OSIC) that provides efficient and transparent services to investors in Nigeria.

She is married with 3 children.