NUTRITION partners in Kaduna State have called on the State Government to improve budgetary allocation to relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for nutrition-specific and sensitive interventions in the 2020 budget.
The partners made the appeal in Kaduna on Friday when they paid an advocacy visit to the state Commissioner for Planning and Budget Commission (PBC), Mr Thomas Gyang.
The partners are Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), Save the Children International, Alive and Thrive (FHI 360) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Mr Silas Ideva, the CS-SUNN State Coordinator, who led the delegation, pointed out that malnutrition among women and children remained a major challenge to health and human development in the state.
Ideva, who was represented by Abdulrahaman Mikail, CS-SUNN’s Chairman, Sub-Committee on Finance and Fund Raising, said addressing malnutrition requires multi-sectoral approach and commitment at the state, local government and community levels.
He said that several policy documents such as the Kaduna Multisectoral Plan of Action on Nutrition (KDMSPAN), the National Strategic Plan of Action on Nutrition, and the National Policy on Food and Nutrition, were adopted and developed by the government.
He, however, noted that nutrition funding to implement the policies and other nutrition programmes remained weak.
“We, therefore, call for the creation of nutrition budget lines in all relevant MDAs in the 2020 and timely release of the funds.
“In light of this, we equally seek participation to support the review of the costed Sector Implementation Plans and strategic plans by MDAs to ensure nutrition issues are captured.
“We also want to participate in the submission of the budget proposal to the PBC, townhall meetings and defence of proposal before the estimate committee,” he said.