The Civil Society Scaling up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS -SUNN) said the Partnership for Improving the Nigeria Nutrition System (PINNS) project has been of tremendous support in the implementation of nutrition activities at both the state and national level.
CS-SUNN Executive Secretary Beatrice Eluaka made the disclosure at a one day close out meeting of the PINNS project in Abuja.
According to her, the Civil Society Scaling up Nutrition in Nigeria(CSSUNN) has been of tremendous support in beefing up nutrition budget across the country.
“When we go on advocacy visit in different states of the country, we have been able to provide adequate information which has been of great help in tracking of nutrition budget. We achieved tremendous result in terms of nutrition which is quite visible.”
In addition, she added that through the PINNS project, Niger State has been able to develop a multi- sectoral plan for the state nutrition budget.
“Before the commencement of the project, we have been having issues in terms of policy formulation. The Multi-sectoral plan on nutrition budget has been of tremendous support in Niger State. It has given confidence in terms of the intervention we are undergoing. We have a document to back up our actions and could also be used as a reference point in what we are doing.”
CS-SUNN Chairman Board of Trustees Mr Bamidele Davies Omotola, said the PINNS project has brought great development in terms of nutrition in the five states in which the project was implemented and also at the federal level.
He noted that through the project, the states have been able to track and follow funds that are meant for nutrition.
“We have been able to track nutrition budget, and through this process we have been able to witness tremendous improvement in terms of nutrition. We have also developed multi sectorial plans in terms of taking critical actions which will resolve nutritional challenges in the country”.
He further added that there is need for all the stakeholders in the relevant agencies to come together to address the challenges in the nutrition space.
The Director Ministry of Planning and Budget Kano State, Muktar Ado Yakasai said the state government has been working with the PINNS project in order to bring the issue of nutrition into the limelight in the state.
“We have been working together with different partners to draft policies relating to nutrition. We are also working in conjunction with the state government to develop operational plan which will aid in the budget line for nutrition. We now have strategy put in place to implement interventions, projects, and activities that are in line with nutrition.”
PINNS project was designed to strengthen the Nigeria nutrition systems to be more result driven, effective, serviceable, and efficient and transparent (RESET) in delivering their mandate and to hold government accountable on commitments made to allocate, release and use transparently, funds for the implementation of high impact Nutrition interventions in Nigeria through evidence based advocacy.