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Oyo State Government has reviewed the duration of maternity leave for workers in the state from four to six months.

This was revealed by the Commissioner for Establishments and Training, Prof. Kehinde Sangodoyin while briefing journalists at the end of the 30th Executive Council meeting held on Tuesday.

He explained that the review was in line with the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Prof. Sangodoyin said all pregnant women and nursing mothers in the state civil and public service are entitled to the leave, adding that nursing mothers would go on leave four weeks to the expected delivery date.

He however pointed out that workers would be entitled to the leave only four times while in the service of the state.

He said: “At the 38th meeting held today, we deliberated on a memorandum on the review of maternity leave for pregnant and nursing mothers in the employment of Oyo State for every motherhood and we resolved and approved as follows:

The adoption of WHO recommendation on this matter on exclusive breast-feeding of a child.

 An upward review of maternity leave period for pregnant and nursing mothers in the employment of the state from four to six months, weekends inclusive with full payment of salaries and other benefits. Also, the period of closing at 2pm for 6months, upon resumption has been cancelled. The application shall be for civil and public service workers only.

“The Executive Council also approved that the leave shall commence from four weeks to the expected date of delivery and it shall be mandatory for beneficiaries to proceed for the four weeks pre-natal leave as specified in the civil service rule. Also, we approved that for female employees of Oyo State government only and it shall enjoy at most four times in her service years.”

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