Members of Jigawa State House of Assembly in collaboration with civil society organizations (CSO) and media practitioners have called on stakeholders in the justice sector to marshal the enforcement of access to nutrition as the rights of every child.
The stakeholders revealed that over 2million children in Nigeria are under the yoke of malnutrition.
The lawmakers in a communiqué issued in Kano at the end of a one-day retreat programme , organized by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) held at Quarter House Hotel on Thursday urged state houses of assembly across Nigeria to hurriedly promulgate and domesticate the rights of children to nutrition as provided for in the Universal Human Rights Declaration.
Speaking on behalf of the lawmakers at the end of the retreat Hon Suraju Mohammed, member representing Birnin Kudu state constituency said section 3 of the Child Rights Act provides that every child has a right to physical, mental and spiritual health, adding that as such the right to nutrition is the right of every Nigerian child.
According to him, the august gathering has appealed to legislators to pass laws and resolutions that would end the threat posed by Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).
CISLAC’s programme director, Chioma Blessing Kalu noted that legislators would play a critical role in the fight against SAM.
She urge lawmakers to be know that they are key to the actualization of sustainable prevention and treatment of SAM in Nigeria, explaining that the menace would be curbed if lawmakers appropriate adequate funding towards fighting the disease.