Tinubu approves 20% palliative for traditional, religious institutions

President Bola Tinubu has approved that 20 per cent of palliatives in terms of food intervention be routed through religious and traditional institutions, Vice-President Kashim Shettima has disclosed.

Shettima made this known while delivering the keynote address at a High-Level Dialogue of Faith Leaders on Nutrition in Nigeria, held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Tuesday.

The one-day dialogue with the theme, “Faith Leaders as Catalysts for Enhanced Human Capital Through Nutrition,” was organised by the National Council on Nutrition and the World Bank-assisted Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria [ANRiN] project.

“We must proclaim to the world that our commitment to producing food of unparalleled richness is not rhetoric,” he said, stressing that “this gathering is a solemn pledge to safeguard our well-being and preserve the legacy of generations yet to come.”

The Vice President appealed directly to the religious and traditional figures in attendance, calling them “prime cultural influencers” and a “gateway to a Nigeria defined by mutual understanding, peace, unity and social cohesion.”

“The Imam of Bayero University (BUK) mentioned the exclusion of the traditional and religious leaders in the distribution of palliatives.

“The President has approved that 20 per cent of the palliatives in terms of food intervention be routed through our religious organisations and the traditional institutions.

“The Tsangaya schools, the mission schools will be specially targeted for such intervention,” Shettima said.

The Vice-President said government was working out logistics through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to ensure smooth implementation of the intervention programme.

“This intervention will be anchored in the office of the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Sen. Abubakar Bagudu, and he is going to anchor the programme. We are going to provide the overall supervision towards the implementation of the programme.

“Also, 20 per cent of the funds for the School Feeding Programme is going to be channeled through the office of the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning to the religious bodies,” he said.