The Gombe State government through its Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, says it produced 30,000 pieces of complementary food for malnourished children within the state.
It said the development is jeered towards getting the state out of severe malnutrition ranking.
The State’s governor, Inuwa Yahaya, spoke while commissioning the incubation centre for the production of complementary food, at the 3rd Science, Technology, Innovation, Agriculture and Mineral Resources Expo.
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He said despite abundant food production in the state, Gombe ranked high amongst states wrecked by severe malnutrition, thus causing high infant mortality.
“Because the future of our state belongs to our children and we are duty-bound to ensure that we succeed in our collective goal of building a great, peaceful and prosperous state
“Science does not only influence a country’s level of development but also determines its international competitiveness of ranking in the world economy.
“Similarly, natural resources have been the main drivers of economic development of all nations across the globe. I like to assure you of the government’s commitment to Agriculture and mineral resources development,” he said.
On her part the Commissioner for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Aisha Maigari, said the feat was achieved with the collaboration of the department of food and nutrition, Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe.
According to her, the governor had approved production of complementary feeding for malnourished children and increased the budgetary allocation by 150 per cent.
“The governor encouraged us to look inwards and source materials locally. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how vulnerable we are. The Ministry collaborated with relevant agencies in ensuring that production standards are maintained,” she added.