The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved a five-year nutrition action plan that will help to minimise hunger and malnutrition across the country, in order to guide and ensure effective implementation of interventions programmes and projects in Nigeria.
Spokesman to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, December 15. The plan was approved by the National Council on Nutrition, which is chaired by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
Titled the “National Multi-Sectoral Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition (NMPFAN) 2021-2025”, the plan will guide the implementation of interventions and programmes to address the problems of hunger and malnutrition across all sectors in Nigeria.
The statement noted that “the approved plan will reduce the proportion of people who suffer malnutrition by 50%; increase exclusive breastfeeding rate to 65%.
“It will also reduce stunting rate among under-five year olds to 18% by 2025 through the scaling up of priority high impact nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions.
The plan recommends the adoption and implementation of strategies aimed at improving the nutritional status of Nigerians by tackling under nutrition and stunting, among others,” the statement reads.
Other members of the Council include Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Health Minister, Minister of Water Resources, the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, development partners, organised private sector, Civil Society Organisations, the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido, among others.
The Vice-President welcomed suggestions for the adoption of extensive nutrition advocacy programmes to be driven by stakeholders across all levels of government and the private sector in the country.
Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), stated that his colleagues have endorsed the plan as part of the support of state governors in the actualisation of the plan.
Osinbajo, on the issue of nutrition in the country, commended the personal commitment of Sanusi Lamido, Chairman of Board of Trustees, Nutrition Society of Nigeria.
The Vice-President stressed that the same commitment would need to be demonstrated in the states.
The former Emir of Kano said that it was time to take nutrition issues more seriously.
On their part, stakeholders present at the meeting pledged their support for the implementation of the action plan aimed at addressing the menace of malnutrition in Nigeria.
Development partners, and the organised private sector, represented by Mr Diego Moroso of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Ms Zouera Youssoufou of the Aliko Dangote Foundation, respectively, said the adoption of the plan was commendable, calling for a holistic approach in order to address fundamental issues in the food system.
Other presentations made to Council include, the National Food Consumption and Micro-Nutrient Survey 2021, the Food System Summit 2021 and the presentation on Nutrition for Growth Summit, by the Secretary, National Committee on Food and Nutrition, Mrs Chito Nelson.