The nineteen states under the control of the All Progressives Congress APC, have resolved to Developing Common Policy Initiative on Maternal & Child Nutrition Promotion which will approve six months maternity leave for nursing mothers.
This was part of the resolutions during a virtual meeting of the Progressives Governors’ Forum which followed a series of other sessions with the Commissioners of Health, Agriculture and Education where the framework was discussed extensively.
Accordingly, the meeting reviewed the current status of child and maternal nutrition in APC states and considered the PGF Secretariat’s Proposal on the implementation of the Framework.
Given the import of nutrition to addressing the problems of stunting and wasting in children, the meeting agreed that APC controlled states commit themselves to promoting essential nutrient fortified foods and supplements for children under the ages of 5 and nursing mothers.
The resolutions also considered the significant role parental support play in the lives of children and the need to enhance the health of nursing mothers, therefore, APC States are committed to implementing the recommendation to prioritise granting six months maternity leave for nursing mothers.