Presidency Calls for Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Combat Malnutrition in Nigeria

The Presidency has underscored the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach in tackling malnutrition in Nigeria, emphasizing that enhanced nutrition is vital for national development and economic growth. Ibrahim Hadejia, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, made this assertion during a press conference ahead of a high-level dialogue with faith leaders on nutrition scheduled for April 23, 2024, at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja.

Hadejia emphasized the necessity of collaborative efforts involving government, religious institutions, traditional authorities, and development partners, stressing that neglecting nutrition issues directly impacts human capital development, economic productivity, and the country’s overall trajectory.

He commended the Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria Project funded by the World Bank for its innovative approach in engaging faith leaders to promote positive behavioral change and sustainable nutrition practices. Hadejia highlighted President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s commitment to initiatives promoting sustainable nutrition activities in Nigeria.

The high-level dialogue, facilitated by the National Council on Nutrition and faith leaders, aims to foster strategic discussions and commitments towards sustainable nutrition investments. Dr. Ojuolape Solanke, National Project Manager of the ANRiN Project, emphasized the administration’s prioritization of malnutrition, recognizing its profound impact on growth, development, and economic prosperity.

Dr. Zainab Muhammad-Idris, Kaduna Programme Manager for ANRiN, highlighted the project’s community-level implementation, emphasizing the critical role of faith leaders in promoting improved nutrition practices.

Babafunke Fagbemi, Executive Director of the Center for Communication and Social Impact, emphasized the pivotal role of faith leaders in institutionalizing efforts to address malnutrition by leveraging their influence and disseminating empowering messages within their congregations.


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