Fayose Increases Maternity Leave Period For Female Civil Servants To Four Months

 By Maxwell Adeleye
 
The Ayo Fayose led government of Ekiti State has increased the maternity leave period of women in the state Public Service from 12weeks to 16 weeks. 

The Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Information, Youth and Sports Development, Kola Ajumobi who made this known at a forum in Ado Ekiti, explained that the gesture was aimed at encouraging exclusive breast feeding for the first six months of birth and to promote good nutrition.

 
 Ajumobi added that nursing mothers would, in addition, be granted two hours off duty everyday for a period of six months from the date she resumed from maternity leave. 
 
He disclosed that the crèche at the state secretariat has 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 the challenge of good nutrition, coupled with the question of poverty, hunger as well as lack of access to economic and political empowerment had hitherto largely contributed to what he described as a double tragedy of high maternal and child mortality.
  
According to him, government has also encouraged women’s access to political power while harmful traditional practices to woman’s nutritional and sexual reproductive health such as widowhood rites and inheritance have been criminalized in the state where rapists and wife beaters now face life sentences in jail.
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