The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, has trained Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Yobe State on a food and nutrition digitised performance management system.
The three-day workshop, which was supported by FHI 360 and Alive and Thrive, was held at Tahir guests palace Kano and drew participants from various Yobe state MDs.
The Training Facilitator in the ministry, Mr Likuna Julius, stated that the purpose of the workshop was to build the capacity of the Yobe committee on food and nutrition.
He said that the ministry had developed an application called the Performance Management System, which is used to assess the committee in the implementation of food and nutrition activities in four target areas: effectiveness, area of coverage, accountability, and budget allocation and implementation.
Julius explained that the tool would serve as a guide for advocacy, policy making, resources allocation, identification, and bridge of gaps.
“This tool when fully implemented will identify the sector that is doing well and one that is not,” he said.
Mr Muhammed Ibrahim, the Director, Budget and Economic Planning, said that the training had impacted positively on members of the technical working group.
“The training has enhanced our knowledge and capacity on how best we budget and track implementation of nutrition programme in Yobe,” he said.
Ibrahim, who is also the Co-Secretary of the state’s committee, said that the ministry engaged relevant partners to domesticate the national strategic nutrition policy.
“We feed in into this application in order to track the implementation of our activities,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr Muhammed Annur, the Chairman, Civil Society Organisation on nutrition, expressed satisfaction with the training and commended the Federal Government and other partners for the initiative.
Annur listed other partners to include UNICEF and Action Against Hunger.