Male civil servants have been granted 14 days paternity leave by federal executive council (FEC) from now henceforth.
FEC gave the approval Wednesday’s meeting presided over by Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s vice president,
Folasade Yemi-Esan, head of civil service of the federation, in a press conference with State House Correspondents at the end of their weekly meeting explained that paternity leave would allow fathers to properly bond with their newborn babies or adopted children.
According to her, it is important for newborns or adopted babies to properly bond with their fathers at the early stage.
The development is coming months after the federal government approved paternity leave for staff of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
Speaking at an unveiling ceremony for the presentation of NITDA’s employee-centric conditions of service, held in Abuja, Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, said the development was in line with the new service scheme for workers at the agency.
Prior to the approval for NITDA staff in March 2021, there was no provision for paternity leave for civil servants, while female employees are entitled to three months of maternity leave.
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The House of Representatives had, in 2018, rejected a bill seeking to grant paternity leave to married men.