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Oyo to approve paternity leave; extends maternity leave

Oyo State government has said efforts are ongoing to ensure that men will soon begin to enjoy paternity leave.

The State Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Alhaja Faosat Sanni made this known.


While speaking at a 2-day workshop on ‘Safe Motherhood’, Sanni said maternity leave for pregnant and nursing mothers will also be extended from four to six months for nursing mothers in the employment of the State.

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.

“Safe motherhood is a serious that every government must put in the front burner of discussions, it will bring about a happy home and promote a progressive society,” she hinted.

Also in her remarks, the Chairman, House Committee on Women Affairs And Community Development, Honourable Wumi Oladeji while speaking on the State House of Assembly’s contribution to Safe Motherhood, said the Assembly has been gender-friendly and has enacted laws to take adequate care of the interest of women and children, adding that, Oyo state House of Assembly was the first to domesticate the Child Rights Law (2006) in the country.

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