“We’ve Reduced Population Of Hungry Nigerians” – FG Speaks

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on
Millennium Development Goals, Dr. Precious
Gbenol, on Tuesday said Nigeria had succeeded
in reducing the number of people that were
suffering from extreme hunger by half.
She did not however disclose the population.
Gbenol spoke with State House correspondents
after the quarterly presidential committee
meeting on assessment and monitoring of the
MDGs chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan.
She said the achievement was in fulfilment of
Goal One of the MDGs.
She said the Federal Government achieved the
feat well ahead the 2015 deadline for the goals to
be met.
She said, "The country as a nation has made
tremendous efforts and has been able to achieve
MDGs Goal one. We have been able to reduce the
number of people by half that suffers from
extreme hunger way ahead of 2015.
"On gender equality in schools, we have also been
able to achieve Goal Three. We have also been
able to achieve Goal Six, which is the HIV
prevalence of the country.
"It has been halted, reversed and is on the
downward side. Currently, the national
prevalence of HIV for the country is 3.4. It rose
to 5.8, it came down to 4.8, 4.4, 4.1 and the
current national prevalence of HIV for the
country is 3.4.
"We were able to tell the President too that the
country is working very hard on achieving Goals
Five, which is reducing maternal mortality.
"Between now and 2015 at the next statistics that
goal, I am very positive, will be achieved. And we
were able to tell the President that."
Gbenol said the President had directed her office
to henceforth work closely with the 36 state
governors to ensure that their various indices
and targets were met on or before May 2015.

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