Osun Govt to Enact Law on 6 Months Maternity Leave for Nursing Mothers

Osun State government under the administration of Governor Ademola Adeleke, yesterday, disclosed plan to enact the law on six months maternity leave for nursing mothers in the government workplace.

This was made known by the Special Adviser on Public Health to Governor of Osun State, Dr. Akindele Adekunle, at a 1-day symposium on celebrating enabling breastfeeding environment for working mothers held at the local government service commission, Abeere.

Akindele, stated that in line with the World Health Organisation’s recommendations and in concerted effort with the Wives of Nigerian Governors’ Forum advocacy for approval of six months paid maternity leave for nursing mothers, Adeleke was set to send a bill to the House of Assembly and domesticate enabling laws to this effect.

“I’m happy to inform all our nursing mothers in our different offices that as a listening and people-loving Governor, Senator Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke has promised to send a bill to the House of Assembly to enact enabling laws to make maternity leave six months for nursing mothers in a bid to allow them tend to their babies and encourage them to breastfeed their babies exclusively for six months as recommended by the WHO.

“But I will plead and advise this gathering and the entire public that whenever there’s any public hearing by the House of Assembly concerning the bill, all stakeholders must raise their voice in support of the bill”, he said.

Akindele, further assured the governor’s readiness to carry out a facelift of the primary and secondary health facilities across the length and breadth of Osun State.

“Let me also state that in the effort of the current administration to ensure profound infrastructural face-lift across the length and breadth of the state and the commitment of Governor Ademola Adeleke to revamp the health sector.

“Our government will soon commence the infrastructural facelift of our primary and secondary health care facilities across the 30 local governments and area councils and this, is in addition to other robust health palliatives already being planned for the good people of Osun State by the administration of Governor Ademola Adeleke”, he said.

Akindele applauded all the development partners for their efforts in supporting various health initiatives in the state and equally appreciated the Office of the Wife of the Governor for her concern for the health of the state and the role she was playing to ensure that Osun came first in the comity of states when it came to health matters.

The Wife of the Governor who doubles as N.E.T Ambassador, Mrs. Titilola Adeleke, also affirmed her readiness to advocate and work with relevant stakeholders to ensure the realisation of the agenda.

“I use this medium to tell this gathering that I am committed and will work tirelessly with other critical stakeholders to ensure the approval of six months paid maternity leaves and other favourable maternal policies for working mothers in the state,” the governor’s wife stated.

Dignitaries at the event included the Wife of the Speaker, Mrs. Monsurat Egbedun; Chairman, House Committee on Health, Hon Kashope; Hon Ibrahim Inaolaji of Irewole State Constituency; wife of the Head of Service, Dr.(Mrs) Moji Aina; Chairman, Primary Healthcare Board, Alhaji Tajudeen Adisa and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Isiaka Adekunle, among others.