Nasir El-Rufai has been inaugurated for a second term in office as the governor of Kaduna State.
Backstory: During his inaugural speech on Wednesday, the governor stated that he had approved six months of maternity leave for female civil servants in the state.
El-Rufai explained that this was to ensure that children were adequately cared for, well-fed and are able to receive all the nutrients they would need within the first six months of their lives.
El-Rufai also announced free medical care for children below five years in public hospitals in the state.
- “In education and health, we have shown a commitment with investments to expand the access of ordinary people to these public goods.”
- “Mothers in our state are also reminded that children up to age five get free medical care in our hospitals. They are entitled to free regular medical checkups in all public hospitals.”
The governor also announced that his government has made free and compulsory education available for girls in the state.
- “We took bold steps to improve the teaching standards. We have made basic education truly free in Kaduna state and we have made education free and compulsory for our girls up to the end of senior secondary school.
El-Rufai was sworn-in along with Dr. Hadiza Balarabe as his deputy governor, the first woman to be democratically elected as deputy governor in Kaduna.