Kaduna State Government is working with development partners and other stakeholders to address bottlenecks that slow down nutrition efforts in Local Government Areas (LGAs).
The State Permanent Secretary, Planning and Budget Commission (PBC), Malam Bashir Muhammad, disclosed this in Zaria Saturday, on the sidelines of a second quarter coordination and review meeting with local government nutrition focus persons.
The meeting was organized by PBC with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Muhammad, who is also the chairman of the state committee on food and nutrition told NAN that the government, the support of the development partners would enhance the implementation of effective and cost effective nutrition programs in communities in the LGAs.
He said access to allocated funds for nutrition activities was one of the major bottlenecks affecting the implementation of nutrition interventions in the communities.
He identified the development partners as UNICEF, Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria (ANRiN), Alive and Thrive, Civil Society-Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria, Nutrition Society of Nigeria and Save the Children International, among others.
According to him, the review meeting will enable the government and its partners to appreciate the efforts of the local government nutrition focal persons in addressing malnutrition in communities.
“We will see where they are making progress, where they have challenges and find ways to address them with the aim of reducing the burden of malnutrition at the municipal level.
“We will also discuss the challenges during the monthly financial planning meeting with the chairmen of the municipalities to see how we can tackle them together.
Muhammad expressed appreciation to the partners and other stakeholders for their support to the state government in efforts to eradicate malnutrition and improve the nutritional well-being of women and children.
Yakubu, Director, Development Aid Coordination, PBC, Linda Yakubu said the purpose of the meeting was to review the implementation of the second quarter planned activities.
Yakubu explained that the meeting was also to see what results have been achieved in line with plans and objectives, evaluate the impact of interventions, challenges, lessons learned and good practices.
“It also provided an opportunity to identify new opportunities that would accelerate overall program results and discuss planned activities for the third quarter,” she said.