The National Economic Council (NEC) says it has welcomed the call from the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, for a halt in malnutrition and related issues in Nigeria. This message came as a response to a presentation made by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria and Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, at a NEC meeting, chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in Abuja. In a presentation ttitled “a Call for Action,” Sanusi said: “Nigeria records the highest number of stunted children in Africa with over twelve (12) million children who are stunted in growth and 2.6 million wasted annually due to malnutrition.”
In the statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, Sanusi said “malnutrition accounts for 53% of deaths among children as high child mortality and stunting are linked to deficiencies in key micro-nutrients (vitamin A, Iron, Zinc and Calcium), macro-nutrients (Carbohydrates, Protein, Fats) and associated poor feeding practices, as well as overall nutritional status of the mother.” The statement further says NEC responded by appealing to States government, to key into the World Bank sponsored programme on nutrition.
According to the same statement signed by Mr. Laulu Akande, “Other presentations made to NEC yesterday were updates on Special Accounts of the Federation which include: the Balances on the Excess Crude Account as at 20th January, 2020, which stands at $321,393,190.35; the Balance on the Stabilization Account as at 21st January, 2020, is at
“The presentation also included the Balance on the Development of Natural Resources Account, which as at January 21st 2020, stood at
N96,991,981,055.54. The Budget Support facility deduction which is in progress with N29 Billion so far remitted to the Central Bank of Nigeria,” the statement further stated.