February 2, 2023

The Federal Government has begun the implementation of its 14-day paternity leave for serving male officers whose spouse delivers a baby.

Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSoF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, who announced this in a circular, said the leave took effect from November 25, 2022.

The HCSoF said the leave is 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 14 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 14 working days,” the circular read.

Dr. Yemi-Esan also said the request for such leave must be accompanied by the Expected Date of Delivery’s (EDD’s) 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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