The Federal government says male civil servants will henceforth get a 14-day annual paternity leave.
This Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan has released a circular to this effect.
The circular is with ref no: HCSF/SPSO/ODD/NCE/RR/650309/3, dated 25th November 2022, and titled, ‘Computation of Leave Based on Working Days and Approval of Paternity Leave in the Public Service’.
Esan said the leave is in line with the provisions of the Public Service Rules, 2021 Edition.
It reads; “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.
“Such leave shall be accompanied by the Expected Date of Delivery’s report of the officer’s wife or evidence of approval of the adoption of the child by the relevant government bodies.
“The effective date of the circular was November 25, 2022.”