The Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) Project has again re-iterated its commitment in collaborating with the State Government and other Development partners to end malnutrition in the State.
Addressing a quarterly review meeting held recently, the State Technical Assistant of the Project, Abdullahi Magama assured that the project will continue to engage relevant stakeholders in nutrition intervention for sustainability at the end of the project life cycle in December this year pointing out that the quarterly review meeting was unique, with all concerned in attendance to discuss progress, challenges and the way forward in order to have a solid foundation for transition and handover at the end of December.
The STA who lamented on the percentage of stunting in the State believes that poverty is among the causes of nutrition, adding that all hands must be on deck to salvage the situation.
Contributing, the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly Ahmed Garba re-affirmed Legislators commitment to stand by the committee through ensuring adequate budgetary allocation. The Deputy Speaker commended the Executive for releasing N150 Million being counterpart funding for UNICEF activities in the State, adding that the House will continue to lend its support for the release of the balance.
Presenting a paper, Director Budget, Budget and Economic Panning Directorate Aminu S Kudai, who is also the Secretary State Technical Committee on Nutrition observed that if all the line MDAs and other stake holders will perform their functions effectively malnutrition will be brought to an end in the State.
The Director said representatives of MDAs who are members of the Technical Committee are nutrition desk officers of their respective MDAs and MDAs with more than one member should appoint a nutrition desk officer among them.
In his presentation, State Nutrition Officer Sa’idu Mohammed said the State Nutrition Policy and Costed Plan were carefully prepared stating categorically the functions of all MDAs and other stakeholders.