Mr Folorunsho Abdulrasaq, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning, said this while speaking with newsmen on the sidelines of meetings by
Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria (ARIN) and other State Committee for Food and Nutrition, on Wednesday in Ilorin.
According to him, ARIN is about nutritional issues and that members cut across all the ministries and some agencies.
He explained that ARIN is World Bank supported project which the state government had supported through 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 capacity 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)