The newly appointed running mate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman has said that maternity leave which is three months will be extended to four months when Ghanaians vote NDC into power.

“I sympathize with young mothers, but you will be happy to know when our manifesto is launched that we have increased the maternity leave [period]. We have moved it from three months to four months fully paid maternity leave and we are also going to ensure that until the child is nine months, the woman truly has time,” she said at a gathering to mark International Youth Day.

Prof Opoku-Agyeman commenting on the the plans NDC has for the vulnerable and women, she said the NDC cares about Ghanaians and there are plans and development undertaken by the opposition party.

“It was during the time of John Evans Atta Mills that Kotokuraba market was initiated, it was completed by John Mahama and there is a daycare in that place. It was during the time of John Mahama that the Kejetia market was initiated and completed, there is a daycare in that place. Who cares more about women?” she quizzed.

Ghana’s labour law grants women a maternity leave period of at least 12 weeks in addition to her annual leave.

During the period of her leave, she is entitled to be paid her full remuneration and other benefits to which she is otherwise entitled. The maternity leave period could be increased by two weeks in extraordinary circumstances.