Federal civil servants will henceforth get a 14-day paternity leave.
This was announced by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, in a circular 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.
The circular read;
“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.”
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.