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Fayose Increases Maternity Leave To 16 Weeks

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has approved an increase in the maternity leave period for women in its public service from 12 to 16 weeks.

Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Information, Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Kola Ajumobi, said this on Monday at a public enlightenment forum in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

He said that the gesture was part of Fayose’s “display of love and special regard for the womenfolk in the state.

“It is also aimed at encouraging exclusive breast feeding for newly born children in the first six months of birth”.

Ajumobi said that nursing mothers would, in addition to the four months, be granted two hours’ off duty every day for a period of six months from the date they resumed from maternity leave.

According to him, the commitment of the Fayose-led administration to the reduction in mothers and children’s mortality and morbidity rate to the barest minimum remains sacrosanct.

Ajumobi said the crèche at the state secretariat had also been invigorated to boost bonding between mothers and their children during official working hours without undue hindrance to performance and efficiency at the workplace.

The permanent secretary lamented that lack of good nutrition; poverty, hunger as well as lack of access to economic and political empowerment had largely contributed to high maternal and child mortality.

He, however, noted that the present administration in the state would continue to roll out various palliative packages exclusively for women to empower and guard them from avoidable travails.

Ajumobi said such measures already in existence include the provision of N500million as revolving soft-loan to promote small and medium Enterprises driven by women.

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