In a bid to cushion the Economic hardship occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy, the Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo, CFR has offered free antenatal and delivery services for pregnant women, registered in all government hospitals and health centers across the state.
Speaking at Nnobi General Hospital during the launch of the initiative emphasized that the free cost of services will continue as long as he is at the helm of affairs.
Cautioning beneficiaries against abusing it, Professor Soludo also announced that Agulu/Nnobi road, Nkpor to Nnobi road, Awka-Etiti to Nnokwa road will recieve attention in phases with proper road markings.
He spoke about other measures rolled out by his government to cushion the effects of the subsidy removal, including cash awards, among others, saying that the rice consignment will be distributed by the end of September for onward distribution to wards in the state.
The ongoing distribution of palm and coconut seedlings Anambra households, payment of pensions and gratuities, among others, topped the Governor’s speech.
He tasked Anambra communities on Public Private Community Partnership as government alone cannot do development work, because according the Governor ninety-eight percent of Anambra funds are in the hands of private people while government only controls two percent
Appreciating the Governor for this gesture and describing the initiative as laudable, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Afam Obidike who said that initiative is to make sure that ndị Anambra enjoyed good health, revealed that the funds for the antenatal and delivery services has been released by Governor Soludo while couple of health workers has been trained and deployed for this purpose.
The Transition Committee Chairman for Idemili South, Mrs Amaka Obi said that things were different before the advent of the Soludo administration, highlighted and commended his efforts in the education sector, roads and infrastructure, among others.
The Commissioner for Culture and Entertainment, Mr. Don Onyenji, former Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof Kate Omenugha, Adviser to the Governor on Youth Development, Dr. Nelson Omenugha, among others, attended the event.