Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, the wife of Ondo State governor has donated Solayo kits to indigent pregnant women across the 18 local government areas of the state.
Solayo is an initiative of provision of lifesaving solution for Maternal and Child health in Ondo State.
Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu made the presentation to the expectant mothers in celebration of 2019 International Women’s Day.
Mrs Akeredolu who made her presentation in Ore, Odigbo Local Government Local Area of the state on Friday, was represented by chairpersons of other local government areas of the state.
The theme for 2019 edition of the celebration is: “Balance for Better”.
The First Lady noted that the gesture was borne out of love by the present administration in the state towards maternal and child healthcare.
The kit is a bag of essential supplies that a woman requires at childbirth to ensure she has a clean, safe and hygenic delivery.
“Pregnancy should be a thing of joy but when you do not have means there is a problem and as a government, we have to step in and help because women will continue to have babies and not many can afford the items.
“Giving birth is an experience that every woman should have because it is a beautiful experience but it is not so for every woman because they lack basic needs.
“And when you have the babies, you should also have some goodies attached to it,”she said.
Mrs Akeredolu promised that the state government would continue to support mothers and children for their betterment and wellbeing.
She, therefore,advised women in the state to embrace family planning in order to ensure better living and prolonged life.
The event, which took place simultaneously in all 18 local government areas of the state, endeared the beneficiaries’ love to the state government.
The governor’s wife enjoined women to give birth only to number of children they could cater for, saying that “he who fails to plan, plans to fail.”
She regretted that it was women that bore the brunt when the family could not feed and provide for children.
According to her, the state government will continue to support women but said that caution is needed.
“There is nothing wrong with family planning because our lives are not about making babies but other meaningful things must be achived too.
“It is a good thing but we also have other things. The uptake of family planning in Nigeria is still very low.
“Out of humanity, we are supporting our women and creating awareness but give birth only to those you will be able to nurture because children need good nutrition.
“My interest is that mothers can be healthy with healthy babies for joyful motherhood,” she said.
The First Lady further urged the women to play active roles in politicts for their grievances and needs to be addressed.
According to her, more women should be at decision making organs sitting with their male counterparts for advancement of women, hence need for comprehensive female education.
She noted that she had been advocating for women advancement for the past 20 years, promising not to relent.
” A woman is empowered when educated.
“It creates knowledge and understanding so that they need to have fewer children in a way that can also prolong their lives.
“Education enables you to know your rights and helps you to do away with traditional practices such as female circumcision.
“Female circumstition is barbaric, archaic and nobody does it again,” she stated.
Ealier, Mrs Rebecca Ikumawoyi, the wife of the Chairman of the local government area, said that the occasion was unique for women for it enabled them to deliberate on issues geared towards their advancement.
Ikumawoyi applauded the initiative of the governor’s wife in giving maternity kits to indigent pregnant women across 18 local government of the state.
She encouraged women to reciprocate the gesture by casting their votes for candidates of the All Progressive Congress (APC) come tomorrow House of Assembly poll.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Idowu Busari, appreciated the governor’s wife for her unrelenting love and kindness for mothers and children in the state.
Busari noted that the items would go a long way in safe delivery of her expected baby.