Osakhare Erese, Asaba
Delta State Governor Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa yesterday in Asaba flagged off the Delta State Social welfare Scheme for widows with.
Already, over 5500 widows have benefitted with a promise that more would are on the way.
Speaking at the ceremony, Senator Okowa who was represented by the Commissioner for health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, said that the scheme would take care of the financial and health needs of the widows in the state as only a healthy people can contribute to the wealth and development of the state.
He said: “Today we are here to witness another milestone in the health care system in the state , the welfare scheme which is designed for selected widows in the state, is meant to pay them a monthly stipend of 5,000 naira and enroll them into the state contributory health insurance scheme to cater for all their health needs. The state government will pay for their premiums monthly”, he said, adding, “A total of 5,555 widows drawn from the 270 wards in the state will participate in the scheme which will commence at the end of January, 2018.
“I want to extend His Excellency’s goodwill to all deltans as once you have a healthy people, you will have a wealthy nation as they will contribute to the development of the nation”, he added.
He explained that the welfare scheme was another addition to the prosperity agenda as over 1,200 youths and ward Liaison Officers were presently benefitting from the Government Empowerment Scheme.”