Governors in the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform have concluded plans to prioritize the implementation of 180 days (6 months) maternity leave in a bid to improve the health of nursing mothers and children.
This was revealed in a communique issued at the end of a virtual meeting of Secretaries to State Governments of the APC controlled states which was jointly signed by Alhaji Adamu Fanini (SGS Jigawa state) and his Plateau State counterpart, Prof. Danladi Atu on October 6th.
Read the communique below:
“At the end of the (virtual) meeting, the following resolutions were reached: In view of the importance of parental support for children at birth and the health of the nursing parents, the meeting recommends that the APC controlled states should prioritise implementation of 180 days (6 months) maternity leave for women.
“The meeting observed the importance of exclusive breastfeeding to the growth and general health of a child and therefore recommends that APC controlled states should encourage and support women to practice six months exclusive breastfeeding for children from birth.”
The virtual meeting had the theme, ‘Developing Common Policy Initiatives on Maternal & Child Nutrition Promotion in APC States’.