Ekiti State Government has expended over N40 million in the last three years to cater for mothers with multiple births in the State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the wife of the Governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi, made this known on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti while disbursing funds to mothers with multiple births.
She said that 594 families have benefitted from the scheme, tagged Multiple Birth Trust Fund.
According to her, there is also a pool of funds kept in designated accounts for each of the affected babies when they reach school age.
She said that this was done through Investment Opportunity Scheme out of which 22 children have so far benefitted from.
The Governor’s wife, who was represented by the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Alhaja Maryam Ogunlade, said that the focus is to empower indigent people, particularly women and children with peculiar challenges to make them self-reliant.
She said that the programme is tailored to ease the challenges faced by mothers with multiple births.
Mrs. Fayemi also expressed satisfaction with the significant positive impact the scheme has had on affected families since it was inaugurated in June 2011.
She advised the beneficiaries to judiciously utilise the funds given to them to achieve desired goals.
Mrs Fayemi also solicited the continued support of people in the state for the efforts of the Fayemi-led administration to develop the state and improve the lot of the people.
The governor’s wife assured that that the administration would continue to partner interested individuals and corporate organisations towards achieving the desired goals.
In her remarks, one of the beneficiaries of the scheme, Mrs. Kemi Afolayan, expressed appreciation to the Governor and his wife for the kind gesture.
She assured that all the beneficiaries would use the funds for the well-being of their children.