Oyo to approve paternity leave, extend maternity leave to six months

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Oyo government on Thursday, said efforts are ongoing to ensure that maternity leave for pregnant and nursing mothers is extended from four to six months for nursing mothers in the employment of the State while men also will soon begin to enjoy paternity leave.

The State Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Alhaja Faosat Sanni stated this at a 2-day workshop on ‘Safe Motherhood’, organized by Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Oyo state chapter, held at Dapo Aderogba Hall, NUJ Press Center, Iyaganku, Ibadan.

Sanni said the extension was necessary so that adequate care would be given to the newborn while the mothers also have the privilege to take care of themselves, as the present administration under the leadership of Engr. Seyi Makinde supported every key aspect of motherhood in order to promote well being of women and children in the State.

She emphasized that the administration has been promoting, educating, empowering, protecting children and women from all forms of abuse, while also supporting them financially, especially for those in need of financial help.

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