KWSG KEYS INTO NUTRITION MARCHING FUND OF UNICEF TO ERADICATE MALNUTRITION IN THE STATE

(The Chairman of the State Committee on Food and Nutrition & Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Umar Yakub Jaja addressing the Committee members during the 4th quarter meeting recently.)


The Kwara State Government, in its bid to eradicate malnutrition ravaging the lives of the vulnerable groups, especially, children, women and other disadvantaged groups, has keyed into Nutrition Marching Fund, a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Scheme which will ensure resources are set aside and available to tackle malnutrition menace in the State.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Umar Yakub Jaja disclosed this during the 4th quarter meeting of the State Committee on Food and Nutrition (SCFN) held in the conference room of the Ministry.

The Permanent Secretary, who is also the Chairman of the SCFN, said that the State Government noted that the Marching Fund Project will ensure that funds are reserved to cater for malnourished children, women and other vulnerable groups so as to provide improved living condition for them, which will in turn make them productive in the society and contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic development of the State.

Dr. Jaja noted that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has demonstrated his unwavering support for the vulnerable members of the State through the domestication of the Policy for Food and Nutrition and Multi-Sectoral Plan of Action as well as payment of counterpart fund to UNICEF for continuous partnership for the eradication of malnutrition and other challenges facing the vulnerable groups in Kwara State.

He pointed out that year 2024 will be a busy year in the implementation of Nutrition Budget as the State Government has priortized eradication of malnutrition ravaging the lives of the vulnerable groups, which has negatively impacted the physical and mental well-being of children and other vulnerable groups, adding that malnourished children might not be able to live to their full potentials.

Dr. Jaja appreciated development partners like UNICEF, Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria (ANRiN), Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) and other development partners for their continued support to the State in its bid to wipe out the menace of malnutrition.

Earlier in his remark, the State Director, Planning, Alhaji Alimi Surajudeen, appreciated the Committee members for their unrelenting efforts to make the implementation of nutrition policy seamless in the State.

Daibu Abubakar,
Press Secretary,
MoPED.

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