The Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria, (CS-SUNN),has called for effective coordination of nutrition activities and actors at the national and sub-national levels to address Nigeria’s malnutrition burden.
Secretary-General , CS-SUNN, Yinka Lawal stated this in Abuja at a Project Inception Media Round-table on PINNS issues.
Lawal who was represented by the Executive Secretary,CS-SUNN Mrs Beatrice Eluaka observed that Nigeria’s Nutrition Sector continues to be plagued by numerous challenges which include Inadequate fund allocations and releases for planned implementation of annual work-plans geared towards nutrition interventions.
“Lack of transparency of government to fund allocations, disbursement and judicious utilization of such funds and its inability to keep to national and international commitments for funding nutrition.”
According to CS-SUNN “Civil Society Organizations capacity for sustained advocacy is still low due to inadequate advocacy skills and organizational capacity to attract funds for activities.”
Mrs Eluaka said the PINNS project was targeted at strengthening the Nigeria’s nutrition systems to be more Result-driven, Effective, Serviceable, Efficient and Transparent (RESET) in delivering on their mandate.
“It is also aimed at holding government accountable on commitments made to allocate, release and use transparently funds for implementation of high impact Nutrition interventions in Nigeria through evidence-based advocacy. ”
“This project will also contribute to a reduction in malnutrition particularly among women and children in Nigeria as is focused on strengthening governance, policy implementation, effective coordination, financing, building the capacity of state actors, generation and effective
communication of evidence as promoting accountability.”
Mrs Eluaka urged the media to step up reportage of nutrition issues to attract policy makers and concerned stakeholders to take the right steps that would curb malnutrition in Nigeria.
“The Civil Society Scaling -Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) recognizes that the Media are instruments of mobilization, awareness creation, information exchange and dissemination and that they have a great role to play in setting nutrition as an agenda for public discourse. ”
“Without the media, it might be difficult for CS-SUNN and others stakeholders in the nutrition circle to communicate nutrition information, monitor and coordinate nutrition interventions to ascertain optimal delivery of benefits to Nigerians especially, the vulnerable women and children.”
In a presentation on the Overview of the PINNS project, CS-SUNN’s Project Manager, Mr. Sunday Okoronkwo said the Partnership for Improving Nigeria’s Nutrition Systems project was designed to strengthen Nutrition systems to be more Result-driven, Effective, Serviceable, Efficient and Transparent (RESET) with focus on delivery of government mandates and ensuring accountability of commitments made towards allocations, releases and transparent usage of implementation funds.
“The PINNS project implemented by CS-SUNN in Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, Nasarawa and Niger States and FCT which is the National seeks to strengthen nutrition governance, nutrition policy implementation, effective coordination, adequate financing, evidence for result oriented advocacy and resource mobilization and transparency and accountability in the use of nutrition funds.he added.