The Niger State House of Assembly is set to enact a law that will provide six months maternity leave for nursing mothers in the state.
According to Channels, the Deputy Speaker, Afiniki Dauda, stated this on Sunday during a training session on etiquette, protocol, security and empowerment for female political office holders in Minna, the state capital.
She said the bill was important to allow women to get the required rest after childbirth and to enhance the health of the nursing mother and her child.
The all-women event organised by the wife of the governor of Niger State, Fatima Bago, was aimed at enhancing women’s participation in governance and equipping them with the required business and life skills for them to fit into their new roles as political officeholders and wives of elected and appointed political officials.
Dauda, in her remarks, said the six-month maternity leave would enable working-class nursing mothers to fully regain their energy and bond sufficiently with their children during the period.