The Ekiti State Government today announced an increase in the maternity leave period for women in its public service from 12 weeks to 16 weeks. The Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Information, Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Kola Ajumobi, said this at a public enlightenment forum in Ado Ekiti.
He said that the gesture was approved by the state governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, as part of his display of love and special regard for the womenfolk in the state. He said it was also aimed at encouraging exclusive breast feeding for newly born children in the first six months of birth.
It is also meant to promote good nutrition for both mothers and their new born children, he said. 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.