FEC approves 14-day paternity leave for Federal civil servants

The Federal Executive Council, (FEC), has approved the introduction of 14 days of paternity leave for public servants in the new Public Service Rules, (PSR), to allow them to bond with their infants.

This was disclosed to State House correspondents by the Head of Service of the Federation, (HoCSF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, yesterday, after the week’s virtual FEC meeting, presided over by Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The HoCSF said this is to enable for proper bonding between the father and a newborn, either natural-born or adopted, especially at the early stages of the child’s life.

Mrs. Yemi -Esan further explained that fathers of adopted babies of less than four months will also enjoy this gesture, adding that the annual leave would henceforth be calculated based on working days instead of calendar days.

She said that the Annual Performance Evaluation Review and Promotions had been replaced with a new Performance Management System, and further said that in doing the revision, there were a lot of stakeholder engagements.

She said that, at the National Council on Establishment, the essence of the PSR was approved.

The Head of Service further said that there were some revisions that were supposed to be made before making the new PSR public.

According to her, some of the guidelines in the policy document earlier approved by FEC were put into the new PSR.

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