FG begins 14-day paternity leave for male civil servants


The new 14-day paternity leave policy applies to federal civil personnel.

In a circular headed "Computation of Leave Based on Working Days and Approval of Paternity Leave in the Public Service," dated November 25, 2022, and bearing reference number HCSF/SPSO/ODD/NCE/RR/650309/3, the Head of the Federal Civil Service, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, made the announcement.

In accordance with the Public Service Rules, 2021 Edition, according to Esan, the leave is authorized.

Such leave shall be accompanied by the Expected Date of Delivery report of the officer's wife or documentation of the necessary governmental organizations' approval of the child's adoption.

The circular went into effect on November 25, 2022.

"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," it's reads.

"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."


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