An Inter-Ministerial Agriculture/Nutrition Working Group (IANWG) has been
inaugurated by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in Abuja.
The Group which is saddled with the responsibility of designing strategies to promote healthy living, addressing malnutrition and increasing hygienic food production was inaugurated by Hon. Minister, Chief Audu Ogbeh in Abuja.
Speaking at the occasion, Chief Ogbeh stated that most Nigerians consume more of carbohydrates and less of protein, and expressed worry that that children under the age of five lacked access to essential nutrients such as milk, beef, chicken and other basic proteins, resulting in stunted growth and other forms of diseases.
The minister stressed the need for Nigerians to eat right and take adequate measures to check what is consumed in order to prevent self-poisoning.
“Food is the best medicine, but it can also be the worst poison. We have to deal with the issue of self-poisoning. We talk of water poison in our food. The use of polythene water package is another health threat. We need to stop ingesting poison.” He stated.
“We want our children between the ages of one and five to be properly taken care of. The best time to develop a child’s brain is the first five years. We don’t want to have stunted children. So, we will intensify our cooperation with the ministry of health,” the Minister added.