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  • Updated: April 23, 2024

Spearhead efforts in improving nutrition within communities — Shettima to faith leaders

Spearhead efforts in improving nutrition within communities

Vice President Kashim Shettima urged faith and traditional leaders to spearhead efforts to improve nutrition within their communities.

He revealed this while speaking with the faith leaders at a high-level dialogue on nutrition at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.

The event is themed, ‘Faith Leaders as Catalysts for Enhanced Human Capital Through Nutrition.’

“Your influence is indispensable. We believe that, regardless of the quality of ideas we bring to the table, our efforts will fall short without your participation and endorsement.”

The VP stressed that Nigeria’s future readiness hinges not just on food abundance but on the nourishing quality of its food supply.

“We must proclaim to the world that our commitment to producing food of unparalleled richness is not rhetoric,” Shettima declared, noting that “this gathering is a solemn pledge to safeguard our well-being and preserve the legacy of generations yet to come.”

He restated President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to prioritizing nutrition as part of Nigeria’s food security drive.

“This is our inspiration to implement quality, cost-effective nutrition services. From providing support to pregnant and lactating women to ensuring the well-being of adolescent girls and children under five years of age, President Tinubu’s vision has propelled us towards a future where every Nigerian has access to the nourishment they need to thrive,” he said.

He urged the leaders to champion proper nutrition practices in their spheres, integrating nutrition education into places of worship and cultural gatherings.

The faith leaders, while advocating attitudinal change by communities and individuals, promised to propagate campaign messages that improve nutritional outcomes in families and communities.

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