By Sunday John
Lafia – Civil Society Scaling Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), an NGO, has called on the Nasarawa State Government to improve budgetary allocation to nutrition-related issues to assist children from poor families.
Ms Beatrice Eluaka, Executive Secretary of CS-SUNN, made the call on Tuesday in Lafia, during a one-day media engagement that focused on improving nutrition policies.
She said that improving the nutrition of the children would enable them attain their full potential.
“Most children with nutritional problem will end up as artisans instead of becoming medical doctors, journalists, engineers and other professionals where a sound IQ will be required,” Eluaka said.
She urged the Nasarawa State government to ensure prompt release of funds allocated to the nutritional sector so as to reduce malnutrition.
The official called on the media to educate the public on nutritional issues and get policy makers to do the needful towards curtailing malnutrition.
In her remarks, Mercy Asso, Nasarawa State Coordinator of CS-SUNN, said that malnutrition was responsible for most of the childhood deaths in the state.
She called on the government and other stakeholders to put all hands on deck to improve the nutritional status of the citizens.