By Segun Ade
The Kano state House of Assembly on Tuesday declared that, despite the proposed cut in 2020 Appropriation Bill, the nutritional budget line would be intact.
Nutritional issues have of late been a major concern in the Northern Nigeria following report that 2.5million children suffer severe acute malnutrition.
Abba Ibrahim Garko, Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, who gave the assurances when he hosted Nutrition Networking Committee said the budget line for nutrition was paramount to the society.
Governor Ganduje, had on Monday, presented N138 billion revised 2020 budget to the House for approval, as he declared that the budget was slashed by about 30 per cent due to dwindling revenues and economic challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Garko explained that though they are yet to lay there hands on the revised budget, however, the Appropriation Committee would reverse any actions that will affect the budget line.
The Chairman, Appropriation Committee, said: “If the Budget and Planning department reduces the budget line provision for nutrition, for sure, we will reverse it in line with our constitutional mandate to save life”.
Garko stated that they are not unaware of the economic impact of COVID-19 on the economy, but was quick to add that “we will not be adding to our woes by entertaining reductions on nutrition budgetary provisions”.