Eleven states in northern Nigeria have a record of one million seven hundred thousand malnourished children, according to the 2016 Global Nutrition Report.
The Northern states are Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamafara, Adamawa, Yobe, Borno, Katsina and Abuja.
The Executive Director of a non governmental organization known as “Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC),Mallam Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani) made the disclosure Saturday afternoon in Katsina during a meeting between civil societies group in Katsina state and Governor Aminu Bello Masari.
Mallam Musa told the governor that CISLAC is a UNICEF sponsored project in the state that has been working for the reduction of malnutrition among kids and their mothers.
He revealed that UNICEF had already made available N820 million available for tackling malnutrition among children in the state,urging Governor Masari to assist the state in paying its own N180 million counterpart funding for the state to access the fund.
“UNICEF has made N820 million available for this project.All that is required for the state to access the fund is for the state to pay its own N120 million counterpart funding”,Musa told the governor.
Quoting from the report,the CISLAC spokesman further revealed”Globally,25,000 under 5 children die daily and 45% of cause of death is attributed to malnutrition.Nigeria is one of the 20 countries responsible for 80%of global child malnutrition ,which accounts for one tenth of the global total.
“Nigeria currently has 2.1million malnourished children.Nearly one thousand Nigerian Children die of malnutrition-related causes everyday–a total of 361,000 child death each year.
“The 2016 Global Nutrition Report shows Nigeria is second position in the ranking of global prevalence of stunting and wasting after India.The report shows that Katsina has second highest prevalence rate of stunting and wasting after Jigawa.
“Katsina state is among the states with less than 10% exclusive breastfeeding practice in Nigeria.”
Governor Masari promised to pay the state counterpart funding to the international organization,although he advised donor agencies in the state to make their books open for the government on time to assist while preparing budget.
The thrust of the presentation by majority of the civil society organization s present at the meeting had similar thrusts with their representatives calling for sustainability of their various projects even after the expiration of the support of the donor agencies.