The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), Mrs. Oluyemi Kalesanwo has advised 200 Women Residents in the Apapa Local Government Area, to embrace healthy dietary habits as life-saving protection and medicines from diseases.

Kalesanwo gave the advice in her address at a Poverty Alleviation Advocacy Programme organised by the Ministry with the theme “Healthy Nutrition for Lagos Women Residents”, noting that the initiative is part of efforts by WAPA to eradicate poverty prevalence amongst the vulnerable and indigent women using local staple foods.

The PS, represented at the programme held at the Skills Acquisition Centre, Randle Road, Apapa by Mrs. Olufunke Shyllon, Director of Women Affairs Department,  stated that the importance of the programme was to ease the plight of women and enlighten them on healthy dietary habits.

she said, “This programme aims to provide our women residents with foodstuffs and train them on how to properly prepare nutritional meals, to achieve a balanced diet which wards off all kinds of diseases and sicknesses”.

“Our focus is on women because we understand that a woman is the glue that holds the family together and she is the one who often, prepares meals in the home, as such, if she is equipped with the knowledge of proper nutrition and personal hygiene, she can pass it on to the family and the community at large”, she added.

Kalesanwo explained that women and adolescent girls are at a greater risk of malnutrition due to increased nutritional needs associated with menstruation, pregnancy and lactation.

In his address, the Deputy Director of the State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU), Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget (MEPB), Mr. Yusuf Olanrewaju, reiterated the commitment of the State Government to Social Inclusion, hence, the successful onboarding of Residents on the State’s Social Register, to benefit from the numerous programmes being organised by the State Government.

Also speaking, a Health Educator, Mrs. Oluku Mariam, educated the participants on how to prepare balanced diet meals on a low budget, to live a healthy life.

She said: “Do not use the excuse of having little or no resources to eat anything and everything that comes your way. Despite the resources you have, you can cook properly nutritionally balanced meals and maintain a healthy lifestyle”.

The highlight of the occasion was the presentation of free staple consumables to every participant at the advocacy programme.