All Progressives Congress (APC) have vowed to domesticate policies on child
nutrition, while they are also aiming to improve support for the indigenous
school feeding programme in all the member states.
Governance Programme Steering Committee revealed the plans in a communique
released after it teleconference meeting.
meeting had in attendance Secretaries to the State Government of the
progressive states, other representatives of the state governmens, and members
of the PGF Governance Programme Steering Committee was however chaired by the
co-chairman and the Plateau state governor, Solomon Lalong.
information, ideas and expertise through its quarterly meetings and the PGF
Secretariat on an ongoing basis in order to foster cohesion across member
states and encourage greater cooperation for uniform / common policy
initiatives aimed at sustainable development.
the assembly for consideration/implementation by the APC states incorporate;
will towards improving child nutrition in the APC States through enhancing
resource mobilisation and incorporating in the annual budget both nutrition
specific interventions and programmes and nutrition sensitive programmes.
stakeholders to explore cross-sectoral opportunities for child nutrition
interventions at all levels.
interventions and programmes that will be sustainable and resilient to the
impacts of COVID-19 and the associated economic fallouts.
policies, strategies and action plans with measurable outcomes for nutritional
and related interventions, including pregnant women, youth, and other
coordination and strengthening of child nutrition programmes and interventions
by ensuring appropriate synergy between Ministries, Agencies and Departments,
Local Governments, Development Partners, the Civil Society Partners, and the
Development partners that would essentially focus on domestication of FG and
PGF policies on child nutrition in each APC state.
enlightenment, education, and other complementary activities, particularly at
community levels on child nutrition and related issues.
and entrepreneurs along the value chain in the local communities to develop a
better understanding of how to participate and increase knowledge of nutrition
and food security, and related environmental factors (such as climate change).
for the homegrown school feeding programme and make accountability part of its
implementation in the APC States.
current status of each APC state on policies, implementation challenges and
gaps as well as sustainability and also serve as a framework for peer learning,
sharing of best practices and peer review amongst the APC states to ensure that
they all are working collectively to align their nutrition policies with those
of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”
Africa Practice, Synergos, Mr. Adewale Ajadi identified difficulties and
complexities of formulating and implementing child nutrition strategies in the
country while delivering the Keynote address on Child Nutrition Issues and
Challenges in the APC states. He also recognized that Covid-19 has further
added more problems to the crisis of child nutrition in the country.
malnutrition and undernourishment “is a social, economic and developmental
challenge that must be addressed holistically, as part of the nation’s
commitment towards the attainment of the United Nations Social Development
Goals (UN-SDGs) and meeting the target of zero hunger in the country by 2030.
Governors to put the issue of child nutrition on the front burner and develop
an enduring framework that will not only address the challenge of child
nutrition within the shortest time possible but also ensure that access to food
by all vulnerable households is reasonably guaranteed at all times.
Governments to broaden and share understanding of the issues related to child
nutrition in the respective APC States while deepening the scope of
interventions that will bring beneficial outcomes.
facilitators and applauded the PGF Secretariat for organising the
teleconference despite the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, on
behalf of the PGF, the Co-Chairman expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu
Buhari and the Federal Government for the sustained support it has provided
State Governments since 2015 and called for stronger partnership to develop
common policy initiatives on promoting child nutrition in the country,
particularly in these challenging times.”
State Governments Secretaries to review existing strategies and other global
experiences and establish concrete and actionable plans to assist APC States
Governments in quickly monitoring policy formulation and execution, as well as
vital resource mobilization issues to eliminate child malnutrition in APC