Nutrition: Kwara evolving strategy on food security – Perm Sec

Kwara Government says it is collaborating with all to ensure food security citizens.

Mr Folorunsho Abdulrasaq, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning, said this while speaking with newsmen on sidelines of meetings by
Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria (ARIN) and other State Committee Food and Nutrition, on Wednesday in Ilorin.

He said that state government has strengthened ministry to ensure that affordable and balanced foods are available to people.

According to him, ARIN is about nutritional issues and that members cut across all ministries and some agencies.

purpose of committee is to prevent malnutrition in state. The committee is inaugurated by the government, which has also ensured budgetary provision,’’ he said.

Abdulrasaq noted that government had already domesticated and strengthened National Policy on food and nutrition, adding that issue of nutrition is no more a challenge.

Dr Habeeb Lawal, State Manager of ARIN, said that programme has made impact as regards nutrition in state based on the data on chronic malnutrition.

He explained that ARIN is World Bank supported project which the state government had supported provision of counterpart funding.

Lawal said that before inception of the present administration, there was no counterpart funding.

According to him, the importance of any intervention programme is sustainability, and that the government will ensure continuity and funding on nutritional activities.

“The ARIN project had been impactful across Kwara communities, however the programme will be rounding up by 2022,” he said.

Earlier, Dr Bankole Olugbenga, state Nutrition Officer, said that the programme supported 89 facilities in 10 local government areas.

“The programme promotes infant nutrition, cancelling, and distribution of free drugs on malaria and other supplementary drugs on nutrition.

“Training and building are also offered to health workers,’’ he said.

He noted that presently, the state had only been able to achieve 30 per cent of the set target, adding that there are challenges on the field. (NAN)