“This meeting is educative and has opened my eyes to understand the importance of nutrition and the fact that it is a silent crisis. I will henceforth prioritize nutrition funding in my state by ensuring that I maintain or boost up what is in the budget proposal for nutrition”, Hon. Haliyu Dogara, Chairman House Committee onFinance and Appropriation and member representing Wamba constituency, Nasarawa State House of Assembly.
“The meeting is highly educative and very exciting as it addresses a major health issue that is multi-sectorial – Nutrition. As a legislator, I will use the knowledge gained to ensure adequate funding for nutrition and implementations in Kaduna State, said Hon. Aminu Ahmad, Chairman Appropriation Committee, Kaduna State House of Assembly.
Ramatu Umar, Permanent Secretary Niger State Planning Commission and Chair Person Niger State Committee on Food and Nutrition said “I am very happy with the meeting and especially with the fact that most of the head of line MDAs are present for better understanding of the situation in the state, and this will help the Niger state to advocate for improved budget in the nutrition envelope in the state”.
These are among many commitments for improved nutrition funding made by legislators at the end of CS-SUNN’s two days meeting on Allocation, Releases and Utilization of nutrition budget with key stakeholders from Kaduna, Nasarawa and Niger states held recently in Abuja.
A major driver of malnutrition is inadequate funding of high impact/low-cost nutrition interventions. Nutrition is underfunded compared to the burden of malnutrition in the country. Political will remains the core for the implementation of these interventions. This year, CS-SUNN with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation brought together key nutrition stakeholders across Niger, Nasarawa and Kaduna States to:
- come up with strategies that will improve allocation, releases and utilization of nutrition budgets in respect to the malnutrition burden in Kaduna, Nasarawa and Niger States.
- review 2021/2022 nutrition budget performance and make a case for adequate funding provision in the 2023 annual allocation.
41 beneficiaries participated at the meeting including Key relevant Committee Chairmen in the State Houses of Assembly, Accountant general states, Permanent Secretaries of key nutrition line Ministries, Departments and Agencies, State Nutrition Officers, Nutrition desk officers, the media among others.
Follow link below to watch some Success story videos on the event from CS-SUNN’s You-tube channel.