Kano State House of Assembly has began the thorough move to deal with the threat of hunger and malnutrition in the state.
The Hon. speaker of the House, Rt Hon Abdulaziz Garba Gafasa on Thursday disclosed that malnutrition is one of the imbalance health challenge that should be seriously and urgently addressed, emphasizing that, the role of nutrition in the state development can not be overemphasized.
In the speaker’s main address, which was delivered by the majority leader of the House, Hon Kabiru Hassan Dashi, during a two days meeting with the theme “Improving Nutrition Investment in the 2021 State Annual Budget”, organized by Civil Society Scale Up Nutrition in Nigeria, (CS-SUN) held at Sleeprite hotel, Zaria, said “much needed to be done in our health system, especially in the area of addressing the issues of hunger and malnutrition in our neighborhoods.
“The state House of Assembly will relentlessly do more towards improving budgetary allocations on nutrition, as well as timely release of funds, we had the opportunity in the period under review to have budgeted over N4.5 billion through massive investment in scaling up impact and cost effective nutrition interventions to reduce multiple burden of malnutrition in the state.”
He reiterated that the state legislators would dive into a rigorous oversight ensure the needful is done so as to improve well being of the people, adding that the lawmakers will collaborate with various nutrition partners to ensure they curb the threat pose by malnutrition.
While delivering his welcome address, permanent secretary, Kano state ministry of planning/budget and chairman, Kano state nutrition committee, Balarabe Hassan Karaye stated that the meeting was purposely on the aim at creating campaign in the significance of investing in nutrition in the state.
According to him, Kano state is in urgent need to scale up nutrition to tackle the pervasive problem of malnutrition, adding that the immediate initiation of the process of adequate investment on nutrition to forestall the danger confronting children who are under five years of age is germane.
He urged there was the need to “catalyze progress toward the global nutrition target is priorty that should be given to a set of the most cost effective nutrition interventions in the 2021 annual budget to yield significant results.”