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Nigeria commits to improving nutrition

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By Mercy Kelani

Four commitments have been put into action according to the Head of Nutrition.

According to official statements from the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Nigeria is making positive strides in carrying out its nutrition commitments declared at the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) summits. The summits organized by N4G brought together individuals from diverse fields in order to ensure financial and political backing for nutrition, with a focus on the essential contributions of food, healthcare, and social safety nets to attain optimum nourishment for the people. In 2013, London hosted the inaugural N4G summit, followed by Milan in 2017, and most recently in 2021, Tokyo took the reins as the host city for this prominent event.

During a media Roundtable held in Abuja on the topic of Advancing Nigeria Nutrition commitments from pledges into concrete actions, Mrs. Ladidi Bako-Aiyegbusi, the Director and Head of the Nutrition Division in the ministry, addressed the audience with her perspective. Mrs. Bako-Aiyegbusi expressed that the purpose of the meeting was twofold: first, to heighten consciousness and second, to assess the efforts made by Nigeria in enhancing nutrition outcomes. There had been about four commitments that had been put into action as per her statement, while the progress of the remaining commitments varied at different stages of implementation.

Scorecards are used to track the various commitments made by governors.

Furthermore, she provided an explanation, stating that there were no obligations highlighted in red. On the contrary, there were several commitments marked in green, all of which had been successfully fulfilled. She estimated that around four of these completed commitments were commencements, while the remaining orders were at different stages of completion. Mrs. Bako-Aiyegbusi pointed out several obstacles that have impeded progress, such as the sluggish translation of policy frameworks into feasible programs, insufficient allocation of resources, and flawed data collection practices.

Chidinma Ezenwa, who works at the Nigeria Governors Forum secretariat, emphasized that the assessment of nutritional strategies is being conducted at the state level. This evaluation is carried out by means of scorecards. According to her, the NGF relies on scorecards as an effective tool for monitoring, advocating, and ensuring accountability. These scorecards are used to track the various commitments made by the governors and hold them responsible for fulfilling those commitments. It is important to note that these commitments span across different areas such as health and other departments.

There is still much ground to cover and further endeavours are imperative.

Mrs. Lilian Okoro, the esteemed representative of CS-SUNN (Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria), praised the government for the strides it has made in the field of nutrition. However, she emphasized that there is still much ground to cover and further endeavours are imperative. According to her, CS-SUNN not only commends the government’s stated dedication to nutrition, but also emphasizes the importance of converting these words into tangible actions and policies at both the institutional and operational levels.

Additionally, Mrs. Okoro made a plea to the various tiers of government to enhance their efforts in order to achieve a significant and positive change in nutrition governance. The establishment of Nutrition Departments within the Federal Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Women Affairs, Information and Culture, Health, and the Ministry of Information in Nasarawa State is praiseworthy. Their efforts were applauded and the administration led by President Tinubu was urged to extend this initiative to all nutrition-related departments in every MDAs at all tiers.

Malnutrition reduction in the country was stressed upon by Priscilla Oche.

It was further stressed by Lilian Okoro that by prioritizing nutrition, it is their belief that it will be given an influential position in the decision-making process within Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDA), granting it a seat at management meetings. Malnutrition reduction in the country was stressed upon by Priscilla Oche, who represented the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, along with Mrs. Kodak Eunice Chinyere, the Chairman of the NSN FCT chapter. Both individuals highlighted the significance of media advocacy.


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AN-Toni
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2 months ago

Nigeria commits to improving nutrition. – Four commitments have been put into action according to the Head of Nutrition. – Express your point of view.

Adeoye Adegoke
Member
2 months ago

That’s fantastic to hear! Nigeria’s commitment to improving nutrition is a crucial step towards ensuring the well-being and health of its population. The implementation of four key commitments, as stated by the Head of Nutrition, shows a strong dedication to addressing the challenges related to nutrition in the country.
Improving nutrition is not only essential for individual health but also has far-reaching benefits for the overall development of a nation. By prioritizing nutrition, Nigeria can enhance the physical and cognitive development of its citizens, particularly children, leading to better educational outcomes and increased productivity in the long run.
These commitments also demonstrate Nigeria’s recognition of the importance of a multi-sectoral approach to tackling nutrition challenges. Nutrition is influenced by various factors, including access to quality food, healthcare services, clean water, and sanitation. By addressing these issues holistically, Nigeria can create an enabling environment that supports healthy nutrition practices and improves the well-being of its people.
I’m truly optimistic about the positive impact these commitments will have on the lives of Nigerians. It’s encouraging to see the government’s proactive efforts to prioritize nutrition and work towards a healthier and more prosperous future for all. Let’s celebrate this commitment and continue supporting initiatives that promote nutrition and well-being in Nigeria! 🌱🇳🇬

Taiwo
Member
2 months ago

Nigeria is making progress toward fulfilling its nutrition pledges made at the Nutrition for Growth conference, with an emphasis on the vital roles that food, medical care, and social safety nets play in ensuring that the populace receives the best possible sustenance.Nigeria’s acknowledgment of the need of a multi-sectoral strategy in addressing nutrition concerns is also evident in these agreements.

SarahDiv
Member
2 months ago

I find it promising that the government is actively working on fulfilling nutrition commitments, using tools like scorecards for accountability. However, challenges like policy translation and resource allocation need urgent attention. The call for increased efforts and the establishment of Nutrition Departments is a positive step, emphasizing the importance of tangible actions to address malnutrition.

Kazeem1
Member
2 months ago

Nigeria pledges to enhance its dietary standards. As stated by the Head of Nutrition, four pledges have been implemented. Observing the nation’s dedication to enhancing nutrition fills me with pride. Comprehensive efforts are demonstrated by the measures adopted, like creating nutrition departments and implementing evaluations for transparency.