Malnutrition: Kano partners FG on Nutrition Strategic Document
By Mahmud Gambo Sani
Kano State Government would work closely with Nutrition and Food Safety Department under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development to domesticate Nutrition Strategic Document aimed at tackling the issue of malnutrition in the State.
The Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari had recently developed and launched Agric-sector food security and Nutrition Strategic Document to address the menace of malnutrition in Nigeria.
Receiving a team of advocacy visit on the Strategic Document from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Kano State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said there is no better time to domesticate this document than now as the State embarks on its free feeding as well as free and compulsory basic and secondary education programmes.
” This is the best time when the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari embarks on School Feeding from Primary 1-3 Pupils and Kano State Government enhances the programme to Primary 4-6 and commenced its policy on free and compulsory basic and secondary education ” he pointed out.
Ganduje represented by his Deputy Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna noted that the aspect of Nutrition starts from childhood, stressing that this is where Kano State keys in as the Strategic Document would capture most of the Children under its free feeding programme.
” the enrollment figure of our Pupils has already shoot up now. One because of free, secondly because of the feeding aspect and thirdly because of the compulsory nature of the programme. So, we will use all that we need on this document so that we can be able to handle the issue of malnutrition ” Ganduje assured.
He said in domesticating the document, an emergency committee is going to be set up which involves representatives of the State and Federal Ministry of Agriculture, representative of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, representative food and Nutrition Association of Nigeria, representative of Kano Ministry of Health and that of Women affairs among others.
Earlier, the team leader who is also the Head Nutrition and Food Safety Division Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr. Rasaq Oyeleke said they were in Kano for an advocacy visit and to present the copies of Nutrition Strategy Document to the State Government and to kick-start the process of domesticating it.
” the objective of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture is to attend nutritional security, and by so doing, we are adopting food-based approach to tackle malnutrition and the core objective is to reduce malnutrition in our society to the nearest minimum ” he revealed.
Dr. Oyeleke further disclosed that Kano State falls 5th among the 36 States of the Federation including Abuja in the incident chart of malnutrition, which according to him ” this underscore the need to take urgent action and embark on programmes that will lead to reduction of the incident of malnutrition in the State “.
Also shading light on the advocacy visit, the Senior advisor on Food Security and Nutrition to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Adeyinka Onabolu said the team came to work closely with State Ministry of Agriculture to domesticate the Strategic document.
” We are going to look at all their activities as we did in Lagos State just two weeks ago. We look at all their activities budgeted across various departments and grouped them according to the Strategic areas and programmes ” Adeyinka explained.
During the visit, the team was accompanied by the National Vice President North Nutrition Society of Nigeria Dr. Salisu Maiwada Abubakar.