The Federal Government has approved the commencement of a 14-Day paternity leave for civil servants in the country.
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan made this known in a circular released on Monday.
She noted that the implementation of the leave already took effect on November 25, 2022, adding that the decision is in line with the provisions of the Public Service Rules, 2021 Edition.
“Government has also approved paternity leave for serving male officers whose spouse delivers a baby. The period of the leave shall be 14 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 14 working days,” the circular read.
Yemi-Esan added that the request for such leave must 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.
Recall that the Federal Executive Council in September this year approved a 14-day paternity leave for men in the federal civil service, to make men properly bond with their newborn baby or adopted one.