State government employees in Oyo State can now enjoy maternity leave extensions up to six months, THE PUNCH newspaper reports.
According to the news outlet, this announcement was made at a media briefing in Ibadan on Tuesday.
Commissioner for Establishment and Training, Prof. Daud Shangodoyin who provided this update added that the council is adopting the WHO recommendations on exclusive breastfeeding.
“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:
“ALSO, THE PERIOD OF CLOSING AT 2PM FOR SIX MONTHS, 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 THE REVIEW IS FOR FEMALE EMPLOYEES OF OYO STATE GOVERNMENT ONLY AND IT SHALL BE ENJOYED AT MOST FOUR TIMES IN HER SERVICE YEARS.”