The Nigerian government has approved the commencement of a 14-working-day paternity leave for federal civil servants in Nigeria.
Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, said this on Monday in a circular, dated 25th November, 2022, with ref no: HCSF/SPSO/ODD/NCE/RR/650309/3.
The circular titled, ‘Computation of Leave Based on Working Days and Approval of Paternity Leave in the Public Service’, said that this was 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 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 said that request for 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.