The Federal Government (FG) has approved 14-day paternity leave for serving male officers whose wives are delivered of a baby.
Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, in a circular said the leave will take effect from Nov. 25, 2022.
In addition, she said the leave 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 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,” the circular read. The circular had ref no: HCSF/SPSO/ODD/NCE/RR/650309/3, and was dated 25th November, 2022. The circular was titled, ‘Computation of Leave Based on Working Days and Approval of Paternity Leave in the Public Service’.
Yemi-Esan also said 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.