Oyo Set To Begin Paternity Leave, Women To Enjoy Six Months

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The Oyo State Government yesterday, Thursday, said that efforts are being made to ensure that maternity leave for expectant and nursing mothers is extended from usual four months to six months and that men will soon begin to get paternity leave after their wife’s delivery.

Speaking at a two-day workshop on ‘Safe Motherhood’, organised by Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Oyo State chapter, in Ibadan on Thursday, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Alhaja Faosat Sanni, said the extension was necessary for mothers’ and child(ren) adequate care after birth.

She added that mothers will also have the opportunity to take propr care of themselves, as the Engr. Seyi Makinde led government supports every key aspect of motherhood, to promote the well-being of women and children.

Alhaja Sanni said their administration has been promoting, educating, empowering, and protecting children and women from all forms of abuse, while also giving financial support to them, especially those who need financial help for empowerment.

The Chairman, House Committee on Women Affairs and Community Development, Hon. Wumi Oladeji, spoke about the State House of Assembly’s contribution to Safe Motherhood, said the Assembly was gender-friendly and has enacted laws to take care of the interest of women and children.

She added that the Oyo State House of Assembly was the first in the country to domesticate the Child Rights Law (2006) in the country

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