Kaduna State Ministry for Human services to have Nutrition Desk Officer — Commissioner
Kaduna State Ministry for Human services and Social Development,is to have a Nutrition Desk Officer,to ensure effective coordination of nutrition activities in the Ministry.
The Commissioner in charge of the Ministry Hajiya Hasfat Mohammed Baba, disclosed this when he received the State Committee on Food and Nutrition (SCFN) on Advocacy visit in kaduna North West Nigeria on 25th February,2021.
Hajiya Hafsat added that the person designated to the office must be dedicated , sensitive and passionate about nutrition matters.
She added that the officer would also be representing the ministry in the meetings of the State Committee on Food and Nutrition and provides feedback for action
The Commissioner further said, Nutrition is key to the proper development of children hence her Ministry will partner with others stakeholders to tackle malnutrition in the state.
We will work with the Planning and Budget Commission (PBC) to create a budget line for nutrition activities that will be specifically designed to prevent malnutrition among women and children.
“As the ministry of Human Services and Social Development, the welfare and wellbeing of women and children are under our purview and we will do everything possible to improve their livelihood.
“Nutrition, being a critical component of a child’s survival, growth and development, it makes a lot of sense to create a budget line that will ensure households access to nutritious food to prevent malnutrition,” she said.
The commissioner thanked the committee for the visit and promised increased commitment to nutrition activities to sustain the progress being recorded in the fight against malnutrition.
Earlier, Malam Salisu Lawal, Director, Development Aid Coordination, PBC, said that the committee and other nutrition partners were in her office to get the ministry’s buy-in and commitment to the fight against malnutrition.
Lawal also appealed to the commissioner to create a budget line for nutrition and designate a dedicated Nutrition Desk Officer to facilitate the implementation of nutrition interventions in the ministry.
“Currently there is no budget line for nutrition in the ministry and there is little that you can do to prevent malnutrition among women and children without a specific budget line.
“We, therefore, appeal to your honourable office to consider creating a budget line that will enable the ministry implement preventive interventions against malnutrition.
Also speaking, Mr Steven Odawn, Chairman, Advocacy Sub-committee, CS-SUNN, Kaduna Chapter, described nutrition as a “critical driver” for human capital development, stressing that no human society would develop without adequate nutrition for it’s population