As CS-SUNN works to strengthen nutrition governance, coordination and integrated nutrition data, the alliance is also keen on adequate nutrition financing. A key determining factor for nutrition funding apart from budget allocation are fund releases and utilization. Funds are mostly released based on government’s priorities and memos are key to the procedures for fund releases. Poor memo writing often times contributes to lack of funding approvals and releases as decision makers would often prioritize and sign-off on strategic, result-driven, justifiable and compelling memos.

To address capacity gaps in memo writing and attain improved budgetary allocation, releases and utilization for nutrition, CS-SUNN in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and the Kano State Committee on Food and Nutrition recently built the capacity of nutrition desk officers in Kano State on Memo writing. The training drew 25 participants from the Kano State Ministry of Planning and Budget, the State Universal Basic Education Board, Kano State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, National Orientation Agency, the State Ministry of Health, the State Primary Health Care Development Board and the Media.

Expectations of participants on Memo writing were met. A Deputy Director, Family Health, Kano State Primary Health Care Management Board, Murtala Inuwa said “this training is timely. Honestly, before now we have been writing memos, just copying and pasting without being knowledgeable on it but today we have learnt the steps, the language used in writing memos. I know that when we go back to our various offices, writing memos will be very accurate and we will be able to scale through any obstacle as far as writing memos to the executive is concerned”.

In her words, Suwaiba Adamu Salihu, the Nutrition Focal Person from Kano State Orientation Agency said“this training is very educative, it has improved our knowledge on writing qualitative memo as nutrition desk officers. As soon as I go back to my organization, I will do a step-down training on memo writing to all the Local Government Area Officers in my agency”.

“This is an important initiative brought to our state by CS-SUNN. We have learnt a lot as nutrition desk officers on Memo writing. The training was very educative. It will improve our memo writing skills because the presentations addressed some gaps that we didn’t know before now. In the course of this training, we have learnt how to write convincing memos to executive arms of government to give approvals for what MDAs are requesting. We thank CS-SUNN”, said Principal Planning Officer, Kano State Ministry of Planning and Budget who is also the Secretary of the Kano State Committee on Food and Nutrition Dalhatu Danladi.

In the coming months, CS-SUNN will track and monitor the MDAs for quality/winning memos that would contribute to funding approvals and releases particularly for nutrition.


Memorandum commonly referred to as MEMO is a written means of internal and external communication. It is generally exchanged between superiors and subordinates for carrying information related to organizational internal activities. Thus, memo is typically made by governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and corporate entities while partnering with other organizations to document terms and conditions, transactions and negotiations. In Kano, all memos seeking approval for intended projects or programmes are submitted to the State Executive Council who are appointed Commissioners by the Executive Governor and thus requires substantial technical expertise.

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