From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello
Kogi State is to spend N12.6 billion in the fight against malnutrition to improve upon the living condition of its citizens.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr.Saka Haruna disclosed this during the signing of a N12.6 billion memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the African Youth Growth Foundation (AYGF) in Lokoja on Wednesday.
The commissioner also hinted that Governor Yahaya Bello has already approved for the sourcing of the N12.6 billion to fight malnutrition in the state, adding that Nigeria is among the country with the highest cases of malnutrition in the world.
The commissioner congratulated the AYGF for winning the project to provide nutritional services for mothers and children in the state.
Responding, the Executive Director of Africa Youth Growth Foundation, Dr. Arome Salifu commended the government for the gesture, saying that AYGF is an organization that is more involved in community development services.
He promised to do their best under the ANRIN project by touching all the nooks and crannies of the state to reduced nutritional challenges to the barest minimum.
Dr Arome Salifu also gave an assurance to deploy all strategies using innovative transportation, languages, traditional rulers and religious bodies to reach the target population.
Project Coordinator, Mr Bola Ogundusi appreciated the effort of the government for providing purposeful leadership to fund and address the issues of malnutrition in the state.
Mr Ogundusi disclosed that the government spent 50m Naira every year to address nutritional issues and appreciated the World Bank for partnering with Kogi State in curbing malnutrition and making the resources available to execute some nutritional projects.