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The federal government has authorized the start of 14-day paternity leave for federal civil servants.

Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, the Federation’s Head of Civil Service (HoCSF), stated this on Monday in a circular dated November 25th, 2022, with ref no: HCSF/SPSO/ODD/NCE/RR/650309/3.

According to the circular titled ‘Computation of Leave Based on Working Days and Approval of Paternity Leave in the Public Service,’ this is in accordance with the provisions of the Public Service Rules, 2021 Edition, which state that all leave must be computed 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 a for 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 said.

She stated that requests for such leave must be accompanied by the officer’s wife’s EDD report or evidence of approval of the child’s adoption by the relevant government bodies.

She also stated that the circular will go into effect on November 25th, 2022.

According to report, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved a 14-day paternity leave for men in the federal civil service in September of this year, in order for men to properly bond with their newborn or adopted child.

She stated that bonding was essential in assisting the newly-born or adopted baby in properly bonding with the father in the early period.

“We’ve also gotten approval to include paternity leave. This is something that is new. And this is something that the unions in the service asked that we include, and luckily, we’ve been able to include it.

“We’ve also been able to ensure that leave now is calculated based on working days, not on calendar days, that also has been approved. We also have introduced the transition from paper service to a digital service. So these are some of the new things that are in the new PSR that has just been approved by the federal executive council,” she said then.

When quizzed to explain more on the paternity leave and those qualified to benefit from it, Yemi-Esan said, “Paternity leave is the leave that is approved for men, when their spouses or wives have given birth to a newborn baby, or if the husband and wife have just adopted a baby of less than four months, then the man is entitled to paternity leave of about 14 days.

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