Kaduna State Government has increased holiday break for new nursing mothers from three to six months. The Wife of the Governor, Hajiya Aisha-Ummi, has described the extension of maternity leave for civil servants from three months to six months as an investment in human capital development.
She said that the government was translating the pronouncement of the approved six months of maternity leave into law to ensure sustainability.
According to her, this step will encourage and improve the six months of exclusive breastfeeding among working mothers to provide the babies with the needed nutrients for the first 1,000 days of their lives.
“This will ensure the survival, healthy growth and development of the child into an intelligent, innovative and creative adult that will contribute to the development of the state and the nation.
“The extension will equally help the full recovery of women after childbirth and support them to breastfeed their children exclusively for six months without any fear of losing their jobs.
“The maternity leave will further ensure effective access to quality maternal healthcare, thereby contributing to the health and well-being of mothers and their babies, El-Rufa’í said.