By Awayi Kuje
Akwanga (Nasarawa State), Aug. 6, 2020 The Speaker, Nasarawa House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, has assured the state government and other partners of the Assembly’s readiness to support nutritional activities in order to tackle malnutrition among children in the state.
According to the speaker, this will also improve the standard of living of the children, thereby making them mentally sound, healthy and grow to be productive in the society.
Abdullahi stated this on Thursday during a one-day nutritional stakeholders’ workshop, organised by the state government, in collaboration with Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRiN), in Akwanga Local Government area of the state.
The speaker, who was represented by his deputy, Tsentse Dandaura, said that the Assembly would not only approve budget on nutrition, but would also ensure that such budget was fully implemented for the benefit of the children and the society in general.
“I want to commend the organisers of this workshop because it is timely, considering the importance of nutrition to our children and for societal development.
“There is no reasonable person who will take nutritional activities for granted.
“I want to assure that the House will give its adequate support to the issue of nutrition in the area of budgetary provisions and ensure implementation for the benefit of our children.
“We will ensure that what is budgeted is not just approved, but if need be, increased, released and implemented so that our children will get good nutrition in the interest of their health and for the overall development of the state and the country,” he said.
Abdullahi added that such implementation of the nutritional budget would be achieved through oversight function by members and encouraged more efforts in effective school feeding programmes.
The speaker restated the Assembly’s determination to making good laws and pass resolutions that would have direct impact on the lives of the people.
Declaring the workshop open, Mr Ahmed Baba-Yahaya, the State Commissioner for Health, said that it was aimed at discussing how to improve on the nutritional activities in the state.
Baba-Yahaya said that the importance of nutrition to children and societal development could not be overemphasised, hence the need for the workshop.
The workshop, according to him, is designed for the lawmakers and other critical stakeholders, considering their positions and role in the state.
He said that their inputs would go a long way in meeting the target, as according to him, “whatever a person eats determines his productivity.”
The commissioner, while appreciating the lawmakers for attending the workshop and for always giving their support to the activities of the ministry, called for its sustenance.
Earlier, Dr Ibrahim Alhassan, Director, Public Health in the ministry and Mr Iliyasu Tunga, the state Coordinator of Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRiN), said that the project focused on interventions to prevent malnutrition, especially in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life.
They observed that Nigeria had a serious problem of malnutrition, adding that about 43.6 percent of children under five years experienced stunted, hence the need for more efforts in that regard.
Naija247news reports that the workshop had in attendance the Executive Chairman of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Usman Shafa as well as the Chairman, House Committee on Health, Mr Danladi Jatau.
Others in attendance were the Minority Leader, Dr Peter Akwe and the Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture, Alhaji Aliyu Dogara, among others.
By Awayi Kuje