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 fulfillment 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 Siix, 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.