By; SAMSON YAKI, Lafia
The Clerk of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly (NSHA), Mr Ego Maikeffi Abashe, has urged civil servants and Nigerians to embrace family planning for good health of mothers and children as well as for the overall development of the country.
Maikeffi-Abashe, made the call while playing host to Community Link for Health and Family Planning Advocacy (CLHEPA), an NGO in Nasarawa State.
According to him, the importance of family planning to the health of mothers and children as well as to societal development cannot be overemphasized, hence the need for civil servants and other Nigerians to embrace child spacing.
“I want to thank you for the visit and to assure you of my readiness to support your Advocacy in order to boost the health of mothers and their children.
“The visit is timely to the fact that the 2020 budget is yet to be presented to the House.
“I will advice appropriately and I will also liase with the Chairman, House committee on Health to ensure that family planning budget is captured and us reasonable in the 2020 budget as well as to ensure its release for utilization.
“I am a living testimony of child spacing and I will advocate for family planning among civil servants and other Nigerians for the overall development of the country,” he said.
Earlier, Mrs Mary Ashenenya, Chairperson of the NGO said that the visit was to seek for the Clerk’s support in ensuring that family planning fund is budgeted in 2020 fiscal year.
Ashenenya said that family planning was one of the key factors of achieving reduction of maternal morbidity and mortality rate.
“In this group, we are interested in the issue of child spacing/family planning in Nasarawa State.
“We are here to advocate for increased government’s budgetary allocation and intervention in child birth spacing/family planning.
“This is to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, eliminating risks of abortion that women and girls are exposed to and improving their quality of lives,” she said.