By Mary Jalingo


Commissioner for Niger State Planning Commission,  Alh. Muhammad Nda, has said that improving nutrition contribute to productivity, economic development, poverty reduction and health by reducing diseases and mortality in a nation. 
Alh. Muhammad Nda stated this during a one day Town Hall meeting organised by the State Planning Commission in collaboration with UNICEF held at Haske Luxury Hotel recently. 
He said poor nutrition perpetuates the cycle of poverty and malnutrition and noted that every progressive government must pay adequate attending to eliminating from the society. 
Also speaking,  Mr. Sunday Okonrokwo of Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN)during his presentation on the overview of nutrition and coordination in the said said there is a record of 7,000 neonatal deaths and 19,000 under five mortality in the state which he noted was on the high side. 
Mr. Sunday Okoronkwo said N60 million being allocated to nutrition activities in the state was grossly inadequate as the minimal amount needed to treat malnourished child was about N50,000.
Speaking in her address of welcome,  the State Nutrition Officer,  Hajiya Amina Isa said the state has a very high cases of malnutrition with little funds allocated and called for collaboration among stakeholders towards ensuring increase allocation for nutrition activities in the state. 
She noted that because malnutrition was very expensive to treat, government both at the State and local government level must also ensure that allocated funds were released on time.