- Female government workers in Ekiti will now enjoy six months of maternity leave
- The new policy, approved by Governor Fayemi took effect on Saturday, February 1
- Yinka Oyebode, the chief press secretary to Fayemi, said the policy aims at encouraging nursing mothers to observe the six months exclusive breastfeeding campaign
The female workers in the employ of the Ekiti state government would now be enjoying 180 days as their maternity leave.
Premium Times reports that this was disclosed in a statement issued by Yinka Oyebode, the chief press secretary to Governor Kayode Fayemi.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor said that this was in line with his administration’s determination to key into global best practices that would improve the quality of lives of the citizens.
According to him, the new policy, which takes effect from February 1, is aimed at improving maternal health and encourage nursing mothers to observe the six months exclusive breastfeeding campaign of the United Nations Intervention Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
The six months exclusive breastfeeding campaign is aimed at reducing to the barest minimum, infant and maternal mortality rate as well as facilitate work-life balance for female workers in the state.
The statement read: "The Ekiti state government continues to show strong political will towards ensuring gender inclusiveness. This policy is one of many other frameworks in place aimed at promoting the rights of women and children."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that former governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, increased the maternity leave period of women in the state public service from 12 weeks to 16 weeks.
It was reported that the gesture was aimed at encouraging exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of birth and to promote good nutrition.
In other news, the Okesha area of Ado-Ekiti area of the state was on Saturday, February 8, hit with a bomb explosion that reportedly went off around the old government house.
The explosion caused pandemonium as it brought down a building around the area, with a section of the state ministry of chieftaincy affairs also badly hit.
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