A functional cold chain system has been said to be vital for achieving sustainable food and nutrition security and effective healthcare delivery in Nigeria and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa. Augustine Okoruwa, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Organisation for Technology Advancement of Cold Chain in West Africa (OTACCWA) stated this in a statement, stressing that OTACCWA has been at the fore-front of promoting and facilitating the development of the cold chain system in Nigeria and West Africa in general. He said that OTACCWA has been admitted into the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) and is now an affiliate partner of the association in a bid to develop Nigeria’s cold chain industry as well as the West Africa region.
According to the statement, the GCCA announced on its website that OTACCWA has become a member of the global cold chain association effective from February 24, 2020, for technology advancement of the industry in the West Africa region. “OTACCWA’s affiliation to GCCA is a mark of recognition and responsibility in driving its objectives and developing global best practices in Nigeria and the rest of Africa for collective impact”, Okoruwa said. He noted that OTACCWA has been at the fore-front of promoting and facilitating the development of the cold chain system in Nigeria and West Africa in general.
Alexander Isong, vice president of OTACCWA, also speaking on the membership, said that the organisation is seeking to establish in the country and the West Africa region, cold chain standards, logistics, warehousing and solutions to post-harvest losses while preserving nutritional components of farm produce. Daily Independent