KWSG validates policy and multi sectoral plan on food and nutrition
Written by Abdulmumin Uthman on February 10, 2020
The Kwara State Government has validated the Policy on Food and Nutrition and Multisectoral Plan of Action which is inline with the conscious effort of the State Government to alleviate the challenges on chronic malnutrition on children, women and other vulnerable groups in the State.
The Commissioner for Finance and Planning, Mrs. Florence Olasumbo made this known during the validation of the Kwara State Policy on Food and Nutrition and Multisectoral Plan of Action.
The programme which was supported by Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) with funding from the Pooled Fund Project through its State Chapter, provided technical and financial support in the development of the policy document.
The validation programme had in attendance top Government officials from relevant Ministries in the implementation of nutrition activities in Kwara State.
Mrs. Olasumbo noted that the implementation of the food and nutrition policy in Kwara State will go a long way in addressing the chronic malnutrition menace that has greatly hampered the physical and mental growth of vulnerable groups, most especially, children and women.
The Commissioner further stated that His Excellency, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has keen interest in the domestication of food and nutrition policy which is geared towards the eradication of malnutrition, adding that the programme is central to having a healthy and prosperous society that will be peaceful and progressive.
Mrs. Olasumbo noted that the State can only have a generation of healthy and vibrant leaders only if malnutrition is squarely addressed.
Also Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Communications, Alhaji Olarewaju Murtala assured that the Ministry will do everything within its capacity to ensure seamless implementation of the Food and Nutrition Programmes in the state, disclosing that the State Government has put in place a functional studio for the production of jingles to enhance the dissemination of information to educate and sensitize the public on the need for improved nutrition among children and women.
On the other hand, the Commissioner for Education, Hajia Bisola Ahmed said that she is very confident that the food and nutrition ptogrammes will record a giant stride as there is a political will to make it thrive.
She further noted that the Ministry will play a significant role in ensuring the eradication of chronic malnutrition in Kwara State, revealing that the Ministry will ensure that the school curriculum and education policy of the current administration is tailored towards addressing the issues on malnutrition for the good of children and women.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Alhaji Abdulkadir Shuaid Akanbi said that the State Government is committed to ensuring that the Food and Nutrition policy thrives, saying that since the constitution of the Committee on the Domestication of the National Policy on Food and Nutrition, the Government has been committed to the successful formulation of the policy document for the State.
Also, the representative of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Shamsudeen Aregbe said the Ministry will make the necessary efforts to ensure the food production in the State are of good quality and processed under hygienic condition to meet the need of the nutrition requirements of the public while also assuring that the Ministry will work relentlessly in ensuring the implementation of Food and Nutrition Programmes.
Earlier, the State Coordinator of the Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) in Kwara State, Mr. Fatoye Francis appraised the strong political will of the AbdulRazaq-led administration, stating that the exemplary leadership exhibited by the Governor ensured that Kwara State has a Policy for the implementation of Food and Nutrition programmes in the State.
He further disclosed that the fifty million naira Counterpart Fund paid for Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRiN) necessitated the take-off of Food and Nutrition programmes in Kwara State and this will enable further development opportunities.
However, Mr. Fatoye implored the State Government not to relent on ensuring the Food and Nutrition programmes thrive in the State, charging the State Government to take ownership of the laudable programmes to ensure it efficiency in eradicating malnutrition issues in Kwara State.
By Mahmood Olayinka Alaya