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FG okays crèches in markets, workplaces for working mothers


President Bola Tinubu announced on Wednesday in Abuja that the Federal Government has endorsed the creation of crèches at markets and workplaces across the country.

According to the president, this move aims to enhance the productivity of working mothers and encourage breastfeeding.

Speaking at the inauguration of the remodelled workplace nursery (creche) by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Tinubu, represented by Dr. Salma Anas, his Special Assistant on Health, emphasized the positive impact of this innovation on national development.

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“We will continue to support you to replicate this in every state of the federation and in every workplace. This will be extended to those working in the informal sector because more women are working outside the formal sector. So, working with you and all our partners that are here, we hope to replicate and ensure we have workplace crèches for mothers working in the formal and informal sectors, as well as the marketplace,” Tinubu stated.

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He commended Mrs. Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, the Minister of Women Affairs, for her notable achievements within the first 100 days of assuming office, expressing confidence in the replication of such initiatives nationwide.

Tinubu highlighted the significance of renaming the Centre after Victoria Gowon, the wife of former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon.

He noted that the facility’s focus on breastfeeding aligns with the vision of the renewed hope agenda for economic growth in Nigeria.

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Tinubu stated, “It is a great landmark that we are witnessing because this aligns with the vision of the renewed agenda for economic growth of Nigeria, for revamping Nigeria and putting it back on track,”

“We cannot achieve renewed hope for Nigeria without focusing on the future of our nation. The future of our nation is our children, and it starts right from birth by encouraging breastfeeding for their physical and mental growth.”