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NATIONAL COUNCIL ON NUTRITION APPROVES 5-YEAR NUTRITION ACTION PLAN

In an effort to further improve the wellbeing of citizens, a 5-year nutrition action plan that will guide the implementation of interventions and programmes to address the problems of hunger and malnutrition across all sectors in Nigeria has been approved by national council on nutrition.

The council chaired by vice president Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, approved the action plan titled the “National Multi-Sectoral Plan Of Action For Food and Nutrition (NMPFAN) 2021-2025” at its virtual meeting this Tuesday.

The approved plan will reduce the proportion of people who suffer malnutrition by 50%; increase exclusive breastfeeding rate to 65%. It will also reduce stunting rate among under-five year olds to 18% by 2025 through the scaling up of priority high impact nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions.

The plan recommends the adoption and implementation of strategies aimed at improving the nutritional status of Nigerians by tackling under nutrition and stunting, among others.

The Vice President welcomed suggestions for the adoption of extensive nutrition advocacy programmes to be driven by stakeholders across all levels of government and the private sector.

On their part, stakeholders present at the meeting which includes chairman of the Nigerian governors forum, Kayode Fayemi, pledged their support for the implementation of the action plan aimed at addressing the menace of malnutrition in Nigeria.

Similarly , the Vice President presided over the meeting of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) where the council adopted the national action plan 6.0 for the retention of results delivered so far in the ease of doing business reforms in Nigeria. The plan also aims at attaining the top 70 in the world bank ease of doing business ranking by 2023.

Some of the new reform initiatives in national action plan 6.0 will include further reduction in the cost of business registration by simplifying the process and eliminating the need for agents.

Another new initiative is the proposed reduction in the cost of electrical installations and new connection to the grid by eliminating import tariffs.

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