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The Nigerian Government has increased paid maternity leave from 12 weeks to 16 weeks. This was formerly announced by the Minister for Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Tuesday, 5 June 2018 while addressing a plenary session at the ongoing 107 International Labour Conference holding in Geneva.

Senator Ngige stated that this increased maternity leave will “allow mothers enough recuperation time for both baby and mother in terms of breastfeeding.” He added that employers of labour cannot fire a woman based on her marital status.

This new policy will promote gender equality in the workplace and also encourage women to go back to work after having a baby.