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Milestones

January 1975

Formation of an Inaugural Committee during the Food Week programme at the University of Ile-Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, to work towards the launching of NIFST.

April 1976
Pre-inaugural meeting held at the Federal Department of Fisheries, Victoria Island to review the draft constitution.

June 5, 1976
Adoption of draft constitution at the inaugural meeting of NIFST held in the Conference Hall of Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi, FIIRO. 45 people were in attendance with Dr. I. A. Akinrele acting as Chaorman and Dr. P.O. Ngoddy acting as a Secretary.

July 3, 1976
Inaugural meeting of the first Governing Council of NIFST at FIIRO.

November 5, 1976
Appointment of Chief A.O. Lawson and Chief M.C.O. Ibru as the first two Trustees by the Governing Council.

May 5-7, 1977
Launching of NIFST. First annual Conference held at FIIRO. Investitture of Chief M.C.O. Ibru as Trustees at the Conference dinner held at Ikoyi Hotel, Lagos.

October 1, 1977
Publication of the first NIFST Newsletter.

October 31, 1977
Chief E.O. Ashamuï, appointment as the third Trustee by the Governing Council.

March 18, 1978
The decision by Council to apply for membership, with the International Union of Food Science and Technology, IUFoST.

April 1978
First Symposium organized by the Scientific and Technical Committee, STC was held at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University.

September 7-9, 1978
Second annual Conference, held at FIIRO. The investiture of Chief E.O. Ashamu as Trustee. The conferment of Honorary Fellow of NIFST Professors V.A. Oyenuga and O. Basir of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan. Elevation of the following members to the rank of Fellow: Dr. I. A. Akinrele, Mr. D. A. Akoh, Prof. N. Okafor, Mr. O. Onyekwere, Dr. S. A. Adesuyi. Mr. B. Osibo, Mr. J. Riley and Prof. G.R. Howat.

April 28, 1979
Receipt of membership certificate of IUFoST.

May 12, 1979
Second Symposium organized by STC was held at FIIRO.

September 1, 1979
Third Symposium organized by STC was held at FIIRO.

October 17-19, 1979
Third Annual Conference held at the Conference Center, University of Ibadan, Ibadan. Conferment of the Honorary Fello of NIFST on each of Dr. H.A.B. Parpia (FAO, Rome) and Prof. C. O. Enwonwu (Medical Research Council of Nigeria, Lagos).

May 1980
First Training workshop organized by the Curriculum and Training Committee (CTC) was held at FIIRO.

July 28-30, 1980
Second workshop organized by the Curriculum and Training Committee (CTC) was held at FIIRO.

September 10-13, 1980
Fourth Annual Conference held at the Hotel Presidential, Enugu, Post of Honorary Assistant Secretary which had been created by Council of August 16, 1980 was ratified at the Annual General meeting, AGM.

December 1980
Appointment of Mr. Ely Claude Calil as the fourth Trustee by the Council.

July 2-5, 1981
Third training workshop organized by the Curriculum and Training Committee (CTC) was held at FIIRO.

October 18-22, 1981
Fifth Annual Conference held at the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, ASCON, Badagry.

July 6-10, 1982
Fourth training workshop organized by CTC held at FIIRO.

October 10-14, 1982
Sixth Annual Conference held at Durbar Hotel, Kaduna.

April 30, 1983
Launching of the Northern Chapter i.e. first Zonal Chapter of NIFST, at Durbar Hotel, Kaduna with Dr. C. O. Ikedobi as Chairman and Mr. J. T. Dawodu as Secretary.

June 25, 1983
First Symposium organized by CTC held at FIIRO.

July 16, 1983
Fourth Symposium organized by STC, held in the Old Great Hall, College of Medicine, Idi-Araba, Lagos.

November 27-December 1, 1983
Seventh Annual Conference held at the Multipurpose Hall, Federal University of Technology, Owerri. Launching of the Nigerian Food Journal, NIFOJ by Dr. T.S.B. Aribisala, Presidential Adviser on Agriculture on the opening day of the Conference.

June 29, 1984
First bi-annual dinner held at Eko Hotel, Lagos.

July 14, 1984
Workshop on the Catering Industry organized by the Northern Chapter at Durbar Hotel, Kaduna.

July 25-28, 1984
Fifth training workshop organized by CTC held at the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), Ibadan.

August 25, 1984
Fifth symposium organized by STC held in Niger Room, University of Ife, Ile-Ife.

March 11, 1985
Alhaji Lema Jibrilu,OFR, appointed as the fifth Trustee by the Council.

July 13, 1985
Sixth symposium organized by STC held at FIIRO.

July 20, 1985
Launching of the Western Chapter (Second Zonal Chapter of NIFST) at the Faculty of Educational Hall, University of Ibadan, Ibadan with Dr. I.A. Adeyemi as Chairman and Mr. Kunle Akinpelu as Secretary.

September 25-28, 1985
Sixth training workshop organized by CTC held at FIIRO.

October 27-31, 1985
Ninth Annual Conference held at Daura Hotel, Kano, AGM ratified both the bye-laws fro Zonal Chapters and the resolution from NIFST Council that titles of three of its officers be re-designated as National Secretary, National Assistant Secretary and National Treasurer.

December 7, 1985
First Annual Lecture/Luncheon of the Western Chapter was held at Ogun/Oshun River Basin Development Authority (OORBDA), Abeokuta.

April 26, 1986
First Annual Symposium/Annual General Meeting of the Western Chapter was held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure followed by re-election of all its followers.

May 28-30, 1986
Workshop organized by the Northern Chapter in conjunction with the National Association of Small Scale Industries, NASSI, and Metal Box Nigeria Limited, was held at Durbar Hotel, Kaduna.

July 25-26,1986
Seventh Symposium organized by STC, was held at University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

August 25-26, 1986
Seventh training workshop organized by CTC was held at FIIRO.

August 2, 1995
First J.K. Ladipo Memorial Lecture on the topic, Visions of Self-Sufficiency.

August 14, 1997
Second J.K. Ladipo Memorial Lecture on the topic, Exploring the Gifts of Nature.

August 11, 1999
Third J.K. Ladipo Memorial Lecture on the topic, The Nigerian Food Security- A view from one of the Observatories.

July 26-29, 2000
First Research Methodology Workshop held at University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

July 24-27, 2001
Second Research Methodology Workshop held at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

August 7, 2001
Fourth J.K. Ladipo Memorial Lecture: Food Security for Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges in the new Millennium.

July 22-26, 2002
Third Research Methodology Workshop, held at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.