Nigerian Govt Approves 14-day Paternity Leave for Civil Servants

Dr Folasade Yemi Esan
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The Federal Government has approved 14-day paternity leave for serving male officers whose spouse delivers a baby.

The vacation will begin on November 25, 2022, according to a circular from the Federation’s head of civil service, Folasade Yemi-Esan.

According to her, the leave complies with the terms 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 a 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.

Yemi-Esan also said 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.

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