Monday, 17 April 2017 13:21

Rapists, wife-beaters to face life sentences in Ekiti...As maternity leave increases to 16 weeks

The Ekiti State Government (EKSG) Monday  announced that convicted rapists and wife beaters will face life sentences, Per Second News learnt.

 

The government also increased the maternity leave period for women in its public service from 12 weeks to 16 weeks.

The gesture was approved by the state governor, Mr Ayodele  Fayose, as part of his display of love and special regard for the womenfolk in the state, according to Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Information, Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Kola Ajumobi. 

He said it was also aimed at encouraging exclusive breast feeding for newly born children in the first six months of birth.

It is also meant to promote good nutrition for both mothers and their new born children, he said.

Ajumobi said that nursing mothers would, in addition to the four months, be granted two hours’ off duty every day for a period of six months from the date they resumed from maternity leave.

According to him, the commitment of the Fayose-led administration to the reduction in mothers and children’s mortality and morbidity rate to the barest minimum remains sacrosanct.

Ajumobi said the crèche at the state secretariat had also been invigorated to boost bonding between mothers and their children during official working hours without undue hindrance to performance and efficiency at the workplace.

Also, women farmers were being supported with various incentives, he said.

According to him, government has also encouraged women’s access to political power.

Harmful traditional practices to woman’s nutritional and sexual reproductive health, such as widowhood rites and inheritance had become criminal offences in the state, he said.

 

Last modified on Sunday, 23 April 2017 20:50

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