The Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Honorable Abdullahi Bawa Wuse has supported the call for a half year paid maternity leave for nursing moms in thé state.
Bawa during a two-day survey meeting on portion, deliveries and usage of nourishment spending plan with key partners from the Legislature and Nutrition Line Ministries in Niger State sorted out by the Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), said the paid maternity leave would urge moms to engage in restrictive breastfeeding.
He contemplated that the current three months of maternity leave given to nursing moms doesn’t empower elite breastfeeding for children.
“Six months maternity leave is worth it, in view of the very serious situation of malnutrition in the state, the malnutrition rate is very alarming. If there is a need for the policy to be approved, we will give the backing for that.”
The Speaker noted the need for the approval of the Action Plan on Nutrition in the state stressing that “malnutrition needs a multi-sectoral approach to eradicate it.”
“We need to join hands to ensure that we bring up children that are not malnourished. Because if we allow the situation to continue to degenerate, society will suffer for it. ”
He asked the administration at all levels to build mindfulness and refinement about lack of healthy sustenance, saying many individuals in the state don’t have a clue what it is about.
Likewise, the Permanent Secretary of the Niger State Planning Commission, Hajiya Ramatu Umar said the pre-spending survey meeting is intended to examine the nourishment circumstance in the state, audit the 2019/2020 spending execution and the 2021 sustenance area spending proposition.
Likewise, the Project Manager of CS-SUNN National, Okonkwo Sunday clarified that one of the basic difficulties that drive hunger is absence of subsidizing which the pre-spending survey meeting looks to handle.
As indicated by him, the target of the gathering is to determine on the most ideal approach to push ahead and kill lack of healthy sustenance in the state completely.
Niger State Nutrition Officer, Hajiya Asmau Abubakar Mohammed in her commitment said for the battle against unhealthiness to have the much-wanted achievement, close participation and backing is fundamental between network pioneers, volunteers, wellbeing office staff, and parental figures.