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Osinbajo inaugurates National Council on Nutrition, 2017 Global Nutrition Repor



Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on
Wednesday in Abuja inaugurated the National Council on Nutrition, and
the 2017 Global Nutrition Report. Inaugurating
the Council at the Vice President Conference hall, Presidential Villa,
Osinbajo said Nigeria must make speedy and visible progress in its fight
against hunger, malnutrition and other nutritional challenges.

noted that as Council had a robust roadmap to work with the National
Food and Nutrition Policy, the nation must ensure that “the new
Nutrition Policy is quickly domesticated in every state and the Federal
Capital Territory (FCT).
The National
Food and Nutrition Policy was adopted in April 2016 by a broad coalition
of stakeholders, comprising the Federal and State Governments, civil
society and international development partners.
to the vice-president, the inauguration of the council is further
demonstration of the seriousness with which the Buhari administration
takes the issue of improving the nutritional status of all Nigerians.
policy, if fully implemented, will ensure significant improvements in
several specific national indices, including the reduction of stunting
in under-5 children, reduction of wasting in children, reduction of
anaemia in pregnant women, reduction in adult obesity rates, and an
increase in the rates of exclusive breastfeeding.
than any other government in Nigeria’s history, this administration has
demonstrated its seriousness about catering to the needs of the most
vulnerable of our population.
of the primary manifestations of this commitment to the vulnerable is
our Social Investment Programme, comprising a School Feeding Programme
for public primary schools, a Micro-credit scheme for small business
people, a Conditional Cash Transfer scheme, and Jobs programme for
unemployed graduates.’’
observed that the School Feeding Programme, which is meant to improve
the nutrition of primary school children, had been active in 19 states
of the country, providing one meal a day to five million children .
He said: “Our target is 5.5million children before the end of the year.
”At the beginning of December, we intend to carry out a mass deworming exercise on the back of the School Feeding Programme.
”Our Agriculture reform agenda is focusing on achieving self-sufficiency within the shortest possible time.’’
vice-president noted, with delight, that the Northeast, where Boko
Haram’s violence disrupted the farming cycle for years, had started
witnessing a remarkable improvement in security, allowing the people to
return to their farms.
“In our
healthcare agenda, we are revitalizing our primary health care system,
with nutrition at the very heart of it, and promoting optimum
breastfeeding and quality of complementary foods.’’
stated that government was also collaborating with the private sector
to ensure Nigerians have year round access to adequately fortified and
nutritious foods.
He said that government
was also working with both national and international partners to raise
awareness and deepen understanding on this issue.

“It is clear that there is a strong connection between nutrition and economic growth.
we invest in improved nutrition for our people we will see the results
not only in improved emotional and psychological satisfaction in our
citizens, but also in reduced healthcare costs and increased economic
“We must therefore ensure that we mobilize the resources needed to make these needed investments,’’ he said.
He revealed that the federal government had been progressively increasing budgetary allocations to nutrition activities.
however, maintained that the private sector, civil society and
international community must all play a key role in helping to mobilize
financial and logistical resources as government could not fund the
nutrition activities.

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Ike Ani is a Freelance writer whose quest constantly is to relate happenings around the world to human daily living. He's also a song writer and singer, Acoustic Guitarist, and Teacher.

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