By Mary Jalingo

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Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) steering committee chairman, Dr. David Olayemi has decried the poor attention given to nutrition in the country.

Dr. David Olayemi stated this during a 3 day workshop organised by CS-SUNN for nutrition champions drawn from the five Partnership for Improving Nigeria Nutrition System (PINNS) project states of Kano, Lagos, Niger, Nasarawa and Kaduna held at Ilorin, Kwara State.

He said ” All of us have a responsibility to ensure that we lay a solid foundation for all babies in the first 1,000 days of their lives from conception to age 2 giving them appropriate nutrition at every stage of their development”

Dr. Olayemi said this can only happen if citizens have the knowledge of what to give.

The workshop which saw 17 participants drawn from market women leaders, permanent secretaries and the media trained as nutrition champions was aimed at improving nutrition funding and visibility across some states in Nigeria.

The training also equipped identified influencers with the requisite knowledge required for improving nutrition funding in the project states.

The participants in a communique recommended that state governments be encouraged to consider establishing nutrition agency to coordinate nutrition activities in their various states.

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