NASS will Expedite actions to tackle the menace of food insecurity and malnutrition affecting our people: – Speaker, Rt. Hon. Abbas

NASS will Expedite actions to tackle the menace of food insecurity and malnutrition affecting our people: – Speaker, Rt. Hon. Abbas

NASS will Expedite actions to tackle the menace of food insecurity and malnutrition affecting our people: – Speaker, Rt. Hon. Abbas

The Hon. Speaker, Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen, Ph.D, inaugurated House Committee on Nutrition and Food Security, at the National Assembly complex, yesterday, in Abuja.
Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen, Ph.D, is the Speaker of House of Representatives, at the National Assembly, Abuja.
In his inaugural speech, the Speaker said that the Committee is very crucial to the vision of the House to “be responsive, results-oriented and effective in performing its constitutional mandate towards the security and welfare of Nigerians’. Nigeria, like the rest of the world, is experiencing a food crisis, exacerbated by climate change, rising inflation and pervasive insecurity. Hence, the decision of the House to set up a Committee that would be dedicated to fashioning legislative and measures, actions to tackle the menace of food insecurity and malnutrition affecting our people.”

Adding that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said about 26.5 million Nigerians would be grappling with high levels of food insecurity in 2024, while the country is said to have the second highest burden of malnutrition in the world, with 32% of children under the age of five stunted or chronically mainourished. Malnutrition currently impacts 35 million children under the age of five, among whom 12 million are stunted, 3 million are wasted, and 23.5 million suffer from anemia. An additional 17.7 million individuals are facing hunger, with 2.6 million children confronting severe acute malnutrition in 2024. Among women of childbearing age, 7% experience severe acute malnutrition. These figures may exacerbate due to the current food inflation rate, which stands at about 33.7% (according to the Central Bank of Nigeria).”
“Furthermore, the World Food Programme’s September 2023 publication of the ‘Nigeria Hunger Map’ estimates that 24.9 million Nigerians are in an acute or critical stage of hunger, categorized as an emergency, while 85.8 million Nigerians have insufficient food consumption. Among this population, 47.7 million Nigerians resort to crisis-level or above-crisis-level food-based coping strategies”

The Speaker noted that the above data paints a very gloomy picture requiring urgent legislative action. This is particularly so given that some of the causative factors are issues within the legislative competence of the House to deal with. The food and nutrition crisis affecting us as a nation is partly caused by global warming and climate change, pervasive insecurity across the country which prevents farmers and herders from engaging in their various agricultural activities, poor Irrigation, outdated land tenure system, crude and traditional farm practices on subsistence levels as well as a myriad of other challenges.”

Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman, House Committee on Nutrition and Food Security, Hon. Chike John Okafor, promised to partner with relevant stakeholders to achieve success in the overall interest of Nigeria.
He charged all hands to be on deck for the economic development of the country.
Stakeholders present includes: the Federal Ministry of Health, USAID, UNICEF, CSO’s, Dangote group and organized public and private sectors, amongst others.

 

 

 

 

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