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NIGERIA FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INCREASES MATERNITY LEAVE TO 4 MONTHS; BARS EMPLOYERS FROM SACKING WOMEN DUE TO MARITAL OR MATERNITY SATTUS

In Nigeria, a pregnant woman working in any Federal Government Parastatal is usually entitled to a three-month paid leave under the Nigerian Labour Law passed in 2004 as long as there is a medical certificate of evidence stating she should not or cannot work.

But recently, the Nigeria Federal Government has increased its three months maternity leave to four months. This news was disclosed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, at the ongoing 107th International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland while addressing the plenary session.

The conference which was themed ‘A future with decent work’ witnessed the minister emphasising the importance of creating enough time for mother and child bonding as well as breastfeeding.

In the public service, government recently increased the period for maternity leave from 12 to 16 weeks, to allow enough recuperation for both baby and mother, especially in the area of breastfeeding. He said

Stating that disciplinary proceedings have been put in place for employers of labour who sack women from their place of work due to their marital or maternity status.

Also pointing out major labour issues affecting women, Chris Ngige listed illegal labour migration, contract staffing and labour casualisation and promised that the government is constantly coming up with regulations and reforms to tackle these issues, at national, bilateral and multilateral levels.

Finally, Ngige said the most effective method of eliminating gender inequality in the workplace lies in vigorous opposition to employers’ discriminatory conducts, policies and harassment.

Women who fall victim to these abuses are encouraged to oppose such through legal actions and reporting to labour inspectors. He said




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