On Wednesday, the Federal Executive Council authorized a 14-day paternity leave for male federal workers to allow them to properly. “connect with their freshly born or adopted infants.”
Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, the Federation’s Head of Civil Service, revealed this while addressing State House journalists at the end of the council’s weekly meeting at the First Lady Conference Room, Presidential Villa, Abuja, which was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Paternity leave was granted for men when their wives gave birth to new babies and for couples who adopt kids aged four months and younger, according to Yemi-Esan, who was accompanied by Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.
She stated that such an arrangement was necessary for father-child bonding to take place.
According to her, the paternity leave was included in the amended Public Service Rules adopted by the council.
Despite the fact that the regulations were supposed to be reviewed every five years, she claimed the last time one was done was in 2008.
She went on to say that the 2008 version contained 16 chapters, while the 2021 edition had 17.
“We’ve also obtained clearance to incorporate paternity leave,” Yemi-Esan said of the 14-day paternity leave. This is a brand-new concept. And this is something that the service unions requested that we add, and we were able to do so.
“We have also been able to ensure that leave now is calculated based on working days, not on calendar days.
“We also have introduced the transition from paper service to a digital service. So, these are some of the new things that are in the new PSR that has just been approved by the Federal Executive Council.
“Paternity leave is the leave that is approved for men, when their spouses or wives have given birth to a new born baby, or if the husband and wife have just adopted a baby of less than four months, then the man is entitled to paternity leave of about 14 days
“On the differences between HND and degree program, it is in the scheme of service that this will be reflected not in the PSR,” she replied when asked if the new Public Service Rules include the eradication of the dichotomy between HND and Degree holders. It’s the service scheme that specifies entry points and other details.
“And we are now evaluating the scheme of service; the only difference is that we did this first, and then we will evaluate the scheme of service. As a result, that will be represented there.