In Nigerian state, Kaduna nursing mothers to enjoy 6 months maternity leave
By Taiwo Adelu
London, 29 May, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Hence forth, women in Kaduna state, a northern Nigerian state are to enjoy six months maternity leave for adequate care of both the child and mother
The Governor of the state, Mallam Nasir El Rufai gave the generous offer while delivering his second inauguration address as the Governor of Kaduna State at Murtala Mohammed Square, Kaduna, on Wednesday.
The Governor said that the six month maternity leave for the mothers becomes necessary in order “to encourage the healthy development of infants through prolonged breastfeeding, among other benefits. Mothers in our state are also reminded that children up to the age of five get free, regular medical check-ups in public hospitals. Please take advantage of this.”
He said the government of Kaduna State in his second term in office would focus more on health delivery to the people, saying “in the health sector, the focus on strengthening and expanding primary care will continue. It is the best way to reduce maternal and infant mortality, and bring basic care closer to the people.
“Our commitment to universal health coverage will continue. Therefore, we shall accelerate the implementation of the Contributory Health Insurance Scheme as a priority programme. We will complete the supply chain transformation programme in the health sector that has improved the availability and reduced prices of drugs in our health facilities; we will also emphasize routine immunisation to reduce the impact of vaccine-preventable diseases on our children.”
On infrastructural development, El Rufai said: “We shall continue to build, expand and maintain infrastructure to promote the well-being of our people, enhance commercial activities and attract investors. While we have done well to attract over $400m of investments, we need to bring more businesses to create jobs and expand our revenue base. Our endowments in agriculture can benefit from locating more processing activity and agribusiness in our state.
“In 2018, the World Bank ranked Kaduna State as NUMBER ONE in Nigeria in its of Ease of Doing Business rankings. We shall continue to uphold a positive climate for investors. Investment creates jobs. Jobs put food on every table. We will continue to focus on creating an environment in which people can take care of themselves and their families.”
He, however, appealed to the people of state to leave in peace and unity to guarantee good security across the state. “We must replace the legacy of division and violence with one of peaceful, collective endeavour in progressive undertakings. We should not maroon ourselves on the desert islands of identity politics, or neglect the obligations of our common humanity. Strife is not our destiny, and neither is division preordained. Let us come together in the ever more urgent task of human progress. To educate every child. To create jobs. To care for the sick. To protect life and property. To comfort the afflicted. To strive for peace in our time.
The Governor disclosed that the people of Kaduna State must expect changes in the structure of his government in the days to come. He said: “We would continue to reduce waste, combat fraud and cut costs in government. Our first inaugural address committed us to shrinking the size of government. We achieved this by reducing the ministries by more than a quarter, from 19 we inherited to 14, appointing fewer commissioners and significantly reducing the number of permanent secretaries. We shall be announcing further changes in the structure of government to improve efficiency and better serve you.”