Bayo Oyewale ,Lokoja
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has described breastfeeding as very vital to the healthy growth of children, noting that breast milk has been proven to be cheap, safe and promotes bonding between mother and child.
Just as the governor stated that maternal nutrition has impact on the nutrition of their babies.
Bello disclosed this while speaking during the 2018 World Breastfeeding Awareness Week tagged “Breastfeeding: the foundation of life” in Lokoja ,the Kogi state capital .
He congratulated nursing mothers and their families for the opportunity to be part of perpetuating and strengthening procreation of life.
“My administration is putting in the work to ensure that neonates and children get good nutrition from mothers”
“This is why we firmly believe that breast milk is the ideal nutrition for babies, and we support and promote the World Health Organization’s recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, followed by the introduction of nutritious and appropriate complementary foods, along with sustained breastfeeding, for up to two years of age and beyond”, he added.
He therefore used the opportunity to assure working mothers in particular and Kogi mothers in general that his administration is not just working hard to ensure that delays and irregularities in salary payment are put behind us very soon.
He also reiterates his commitment as the leader of the New Direction administration to the diversification of the economy of Kogi State which will ensure economic growth and improve human development.
“We encourage people to support mums to breastfeed anytime, anywhere, as all of society has a role to play in making our communities more breastfeeding friendly”,he posited .