Gombe State Government has rolled-out a feeding package for 22,000 Children suffering from malnutrition across the 11 Local Government Areas of the State.
The government policy is met to expand supplementary food production for the target population in line with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) certification and reduce an estimated 40-50 percent of malnourished children in the State.
Mrs. Aisha Maigarithe, the State Commissioner for Science, Technology and Innovation made the disclosure at the opening of introductory training on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Operations on Thursday in Gombe State University.
According to Maigarithe, “2, 000 by 11 Local Government Areas. We are targeting over 22, 000. We have registered with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. It has passed all the stages. We are now waiting for the NAFDAC number”.
Maigari also revealed that the state government would compile a data bank of innovators and inventors across the State with a view to supporting them with grants to invent and commercialise their products, which would be produced in large quantities for export to other States and Countries to treat malnutrition when the registration is completed.
On his part, Vice-Chancellor of Gombe State University, Prof. Aliyu Elnafaty, said the training would help the University Community harness talents beneficial to both the State and Country.
The training was organised by the National office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion in collaboration with the State Government.
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