Jigawa state government has debunked the media report which says the state has shared over N192 billion to pregnant women and lactating mothers in the state describing the story as distorted and misinformed.
The Executive Secretary of the State Rehabilitation Board, Dr. Ibrahim Rabakaya made the assertion while speaking to newsmen in his office in Jigawa.
“The whole annual budget of the “Cash Transfer to Pregnant Women program ” is N600 million, “So, I don’t know where the reporter got his story with that outrageous figure which is higher than the state annual budget” he stated.
Dr. Rabakaya explained that the reporter who made the wrong report had just watched the presentation he made during a learning workshop with the Kaduna state team held in Kano state and independently arrived at his wrong calculation of the actual figure or amount of money distributed.
The ES narrated that, the “Cash Transfer” to pregnant women was initiated under the state Social Security program aims at tackling child malnutrition and a higher rate of maternal and child mortality in the state.
According to him, 20 pregnant women were selected from each of 287 political wards in the state making a total of 5,740 beneficiaries who are receiving N4,000 monthly.
“We commenced the cash transfer in November last year 2021 and to date, we have distributed N226,740,800.00 to the beneficiaries.
“This cash transfer to pregnant women we copied from the pilot project executed in three local government areas of the state by Action Against Hunger (ACF) and we scaled it to all 27 LGA’s
Dr. Rabakaya then called on the public to disregard the previous wrong information and use the present figure he gave, which is also available with Fidelity Bank for further verification.