Jigawa State Government says the process for opening bank accounts for the 5,000 registered pregnant women hindered the take off of the monthly cash transfer to the women initiated by the state government.
The State Deputy Governor Mallam Umar Namadi stated this during an interview with newsmen on the delay of the program implementation.
According to him, the state government has captured the program in 2021 and 2022 budget but faced some challenges during the process of opening accounts for the beneficiaries.
Mallam Umar Namadi further explained that the program was initiated by the state government aimed at encouraging rural women to attend antenatal, hospital delivery and postnatal.
He pointed out that, the five thousand nairas monthly stipend is also expected to assist the beneficiaries to buy required food to enhance their nutrition and that of their children to avoid falling into malnutrition problems.
The Deputy Governor noted that out of the 5,000 the state has succeeded in opening the accounts for 3,800 beneficiaries.
He said the state government has resolved to commence the payment from February, adding that they will continue working with banks and relevant agencies to resolve the problems of the remaining 1,200 beneficiaries.
Namadi said those whose problems can’t be resolved will be replaced with other pregnant women who fulfilled the criteria.
He said the beneficiaries were selected from 287 political wards for piloting the program and the number could be increased after assessing the impacts of the program.
He however assured the beneficiaries that, the money has been appropriate in the 2022 budget and the state government will not renegade on its determination to use all necessary procedures and mechanisms to tackle the high rate of maternal and child death in the state.