ISESELE EZEKIEL, Benin
Consumers of cadmium-laden catfish head were at the weekend urged to desist from its consumption or risk kidney and respiratory track problems.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Benin (Ekehuan Campus), Professor George Edaghogho Eriyamremu gave this warning after a research finding which shows that catfish (Clarias gariepinus) gill heads have reservoir of cadmium toxic in ponds situated in industrial areas, precisely southern part of the country whose soil is contaminated by petroleum crude were poisonous .
The professor of (Microbiology Nutrition and Toxicology) disclosed this when he delivered the 195th Inaugural lecture series of the institution entitled: “Is it a myth or shift in Culture.? The Environment as a judge”.
According to him, ” You will agree with me that the time of eating fresh river fish which was an important component of the diet of our grandparents in Southern Nigeria is fast giving way for ice fish and even more so now those from fish ponds. The commonly farmed fish from fish ponds is the African catfish (Clarias gariepinus).
“When we go out in some miliki sessions, we order for several number of smoked African catfish specially prepared with nice tasting spices. Giving the increasing g suspicion of environmental pollution from Industrialization, there may be environmental cadmium toxicity.
“There is a heavy mental that is very poisonous and it is called cadmium. Cadmium is present in Cigarette. It is also present where you have pollutants. When a fish grows in such water, or such soil, it can take up that cadmium. If you eat the fish, the cadmium can translate to man; And the part of the fish that concentrate cadmium is found in the kidney and the gill of a fish. That is why I mentioned it. I use to eat head of before very well before now, but I have stopped. I only eat the head of fish I cleaned up myself
He urged stakeholders in Education sector to “encourage research” which he claimed has the key to the answers to the problems we have”.
He equally called for proper implementation of environmental laws to protect the environment and the creation of oil mineral area producing commissions in the oil-producing states to adequately address the problems in the region
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