Again, social intervention programs gets N500bn in 2017 budget

The Federal Government said it would again set aside the sum of N500bn in the 2017 budget for social intervention programs for that fiscal period.

The amount when added to the N500bn earlier approved for the same purpose this year would bring the total budgetary allocation for social intervention programs to N1tn in two years.

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed gave the N500bn budgetary provision figure for next year while speaking at a media briefing in Abuja on the national nutrition week.

The main objective of the week is to intensify awareness on the importance of food and nutrition on child survival and its impact on human development, productivity and economic development.

She lamented that despite the commitment of the Federal Government to nutrition, malnutrition is still a challenge to national development.

She added that while it would be difficult for the government alone to address the issue owing to funding constraints, it would use the instrumentality of the budget in channeling funds for social intervention programs.