Borno Malnutrition Crisis, A National Problem- Saraki

The Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, has said the malnutrition crisis presently encountered in Borno State should be seen as a Nigerian problem which deserves the ante notion of everyone.

He promised that the issue would be addressed on the floor of the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly soonest.

Saraki made this declaration on Monday while in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital to pay a condolence visit to the people of the state over the death of the Alhaji Shettima Monguno.

Monguno was the first republic minister and first African head of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

He also took time out to visit the centre for the treatment of people suffering severe malnutrition.

The Senate President decried that Borno State has been left to carry too much of the burden of the Boko Haram insurgency and it has become pertinent for others to help.

He said: “I am happy I am here with the leader of the Senate, before we break we will definitely discuss it (the Borno malnutrition crisis) on the floor and see what we can do.”

“The federal government and all agencies need to step up to the game.

“I think it is not good for a country like ours, we are a rich country, it is just an issue of organizing ourselves and getting the fund to support the state government. The state has been carrying too much of the load on their own.”

He said that the state government should not be left alone to carry the heavy burden but should be assisted by the federal government, private sector and wealthy individuals all over the country.

Saraki said: “We all need to put in our effort and see how we can address the (malnutrition) situation because it is the women and children that have suffered most from this. We must do our best to play a role and support the state in doing that.”

Credit: Punch

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