The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has approved six months (180 days) maternity leave for women in the state public service.
According to a statement signed by, Yinka Oyebode, chief press secretary to the governor, the decision is to align with key global best practices and encourage nursing mothers to observe the six months exclusive breast feeding.
Oyebode noted that the new policy, which takes effect from February 1, 2020, was aimed at improving maternal health and encourage nursing mothers to observe the six months exclusive breast feeding campaign of the United Nations Intervention Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
He added, “The six months exclusive breast feeding 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 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.”