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FG commences paternity leave for civil servants

Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan

The Federal Government has approved the commencement of 14-working-day paternity leave for Federal civil servants.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, disclosed this on Monday in a circular dated 25th November 2022.

The circular titled, ‘Computation of Leave Based on Working Days and Approval of Paternity Leave in the Public Service’, says it is in line with the provisions of the Public Service Rules, 2021 Edition, that the computation of all leaves shall be based on working days.

“Government has also approved Paternity Leave for serving male officers whose spouse delivers a baby. The period of the leave shall be fourteen working days. The leave shall not be more than once in two years, and for a maximum of four children.

“Where the family of a male officer adopts a child under four months old, the officer will similarly enjoy Paternity Leave for a period of fourteen working days,” Yemi-Esan added.

She said that the request for such leave shall be accompanied by the Expected Date of Delivery’s (EDD) report of the officer’s wife or evidence of approval of the adoption of the child by the relevant government bodies.

In September of this year the Federal Executive Council (FEC), had approved a 14-day paternity leave for men in the federal civil service, so men can properly bond with their infants.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shuaibu; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Tersoo Nicholas