Bayelsa Commences Payment Of N3,000 To Pregnant Women
The government of Bayelsa State has commenced the payment of N3,000 to pregnant women in the Safe Motherhood Scheme in its bid to prevent the high rate of maternal and infant mortality.
Speaking during the maiden Infant and Maternal Mortality Summit held in Yenagoa, the state capital, the state Governor, Seriake Dickson, said the allowance was meant to cover the cost of antenatal care for expectant mothers every month.
His words “In order to make it possible for every pregnant woman to deliver safely and to ensure that they are accounted for, supervised and supported throughout pregnancy up to the time of delivery, the government is announcing a safe maternity allowance of N3,000 per month to every pregnant woman in Bayelsa.
“From the moment a Bayelsa woman and every woman living in Bayelsa becomes pregnant, she is entitled to N3,000 until her delivery”.
It is believed that the scheme has attracted applause from a cross-section of Nigerians including Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and a former Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki.
Governor Okowa, who launched the scheme and presented the stipends to some of the pregnant women, as the Special Guest of Honour during the occasion, commended Governor Dickson for setting high marks in governance.