... Signs MoU with UNICEF on Nutrition  Marching Fund

The Kwara State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Nutrition Marching Fund through the payment of 100,000 USD as counterpart fund, in its efforts to eradicate  malnutrition in the State.  

The Commissioner for Planning and Economic Development,  Mallam Lafia Aliyu Kora Sabi, who addressed the gathering at the Ministry's conference room, noted that the State Government  entered the bilateral  agreement with UNICEF with the purpose  of nipping the malnutrition  menace in the bud.

Hon. Lafia stated that the leadership of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is very committed to improving the livelihood of the vulnerable groups in the State, adding that the Nutrition Marching Fund is geared towards rewriting the ugly story of stunted children who  are incapable of contributing meaningfully to the socio-economic development of the State. 

He appreciated the UNICEF for  its continuous  support to the State, especially,  concerning children's welfarism, assuring that  malnutrition  indices will significantly dwindle as efforts are in top gear to implement the nutrition intervention programmes in the State.

The Permanent  Secretary of the Ministry,  Dr. Umar Yakub Jaja, appreciated the UNICEF for the constant support  in children interventions, while thanking  other Development Partners like Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria, (CS-SUNN) for supporting the State Government over the years.

He reassured  that the State Government will work even harder in combatting malnutrition menace in Kwara State.

In his contribution, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Isiaka Olokooba, commended the UNICEF  for the unwavering support to the State through the fight against  malnutrition.

Alhaji Olokooba noted that the Agricultural sector has started a programme in which the nutritional value of the food items being supplied to the children are examined in order to improve their well-being, while assuring the  UNICEF that much would have  been achieved in the fight against malnutrition when next they visit the State.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Country Representative, Mrs. Christian Munduate commended the State Government for showing the political will to eradicate  the malnutrition menace in the State through the payment of the  UNICEF Counterpart Fund.

She noted that the State's commitment to Nutrition Marching Fund will accelerate the fight against malnutrition  through availability of funds, adding that malnutrition has greatly impaired the physical and mental growth of many children, which has in turn made them incapable of contributing positively to the economic development of the State.

Mrs. Munduate commended the State Government on several medical interventions on Primary Health Care sectors, especially, the Vitamin A fortification of children under the age of 5 years, saying UNICEF will continue to support  the Kwara State Government. 

Present at the event were: the UNICEF Chief of Field Office, Kaduna, Mrs. Gerida Birukilla; Director, Planning,  Alhaji Alimi Kayode Surajudeen; Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Hajia Maimunat Mustapha; Director, Budget, Alhaji Shamsideen  Aregbe and Director, Debt Management, Mr. Ibiyinka Olatunde Steven.

Daibu Abubakar,
Press Secretary 


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