KWSG Reiterates Commitment to Healthy Living Among Kwarans

...Holds press briefing on malnutrition, dietary habits, and locally available recipes

The Kwara State Government has reiterated its commitment to eradicating malnutrition in the state by using locally available recipes and empowering local farmers with necessary equipment, while also leveraging partnerships with the federal government to implement food safety policies.

The State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Bolanle Olukoju, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaji Yahaya Mohammed, stated this today while declaring open a-day press briefing with media representatives and stakeholders across the three senatorial districts on malnutrition, dietary habits, and locally available recipes, the event was organised by the Kwara State Ministry of Communications Food and Nutrition Programme at the Ministry's Conference Room.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaji Yahaya Mohammed declaring the event open on behalf of the Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Bolanle Olukoju

Speaking on the purpose of the briefing, Hon. Olukoju said, "This briefing will feature experts who will highlight the issues of malnutrition and present locally available recipes that can help curb the problem. The briefing will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss and collaborate on strategies to improve dietary habits and nutrition in our communities, while information about what the state government has been doing to eradicate malnutrition will also be shared with you."

Earlier in his welcome address, the State Director of Information Services, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Atere, assured the participants that the briefing would be highly informative, as the Facilitators are experts in the focused areas with many years of work experience, urging participants to use the platform to learn, relearn, and unlearn.

Director of Information Services, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Atere giving the welcome address

In his presentation, the Project Manager of the Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria project of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Habeeb Lawal, provided insights into how malnutrition adversely affects the physical and cognitive development of children and mothers in Nigeria, preventing them from reaching their full potential. 

Dr. Habeeb also admonished the participants and the citizens to incorporate more nutritious foods like mushrooms and tofu (beske/wara) into their diets to combat malnutrition.

In her presentation, the Principal Agricultural Officer in the Home Economics Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Hajia Jemila Adamu, spoke on "Dietary Habits and Locally Available Recipes" and highlighted the numerous benefits of including locally sourced food items like maize, sorghum, and soybeans in daily diets, emphasising their nutritional value, affordability, and accessibility. 

Representatives of the media houses at the Press Briefing

Hajia Adamu shared highly nutritious recipes for local soups like Gbegiri and Luru and recommended cereal-based swallows available in the state.

She urged participants to reduce the overuse of seasoning cubes and embrace local flavour enhancers like locust beans, garlic, and ginger.

During an interactive session, Hajia Adamu noted that the Food Processing Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture is open and free for all to use, while the Home Economics Division of the Ministry will soon commence a capacity-building programme for farmers to grow more local crops like the pink-fleshed sweet potatoes, which have a higher nutritional value compared to the regular ones.

Responding, the Department Coordinator, Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria, Hajia Nimat Labaika, applauded the Ministry for the initiative and urged the participants to adopt the knowledge acquired from the training.

During the closing remarks, the State Director of Public Orientation, Alhaji Jimoh Salau, appreciated the participants and urged all to embrace local food items in the effort to battle malnutrition.

 Ahmed, Abeeb Oredunni

Press Secretary,  

Ministry of Communications


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