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FG approves paternity leave for new born fathers

By Idowu Abdullahi

As part of Federal Government initiatives to achieve equal rights within civil service, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a 14-day paternity leave for male Federal civil servants to allow them to bond with their infants.

It explained that the leave was to give the new fathers ample time for proper bonding between the father and a newborn, either natural-born or adopted, especially at the early stages of the child’s life.

As stated, fathers of adopted babies of less than four months would also enjoy from the newly approved gesture for the new fathers.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the Council’s weekly meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the First Lady’s Conference Room, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Yemi-Esan explained that paternity leave which was approved for men when their wives are delivered of their new babies was contained in the new Public Service Rules (PSR).

“We also got approval to include paternity leave; this is something that is new, and this is something that the unions in the service asked that we include and luckily, we have been able to include it. We’ve also been able to ensure that leave now is calculated based on working days not on calendar days–that also has been approved.

“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 FEC,’’ she said.

Yemi-Esan said that the annual leave would henceforth be calculated based on working days instead of calendar days, adding that the Annual Performance Evaluation Review (APER) and Promotions had been replaced with a new Performance Management System.

According to her, We presented a memo on the revised Public Service Rules (PSR); and we are all aware that the PSR is an old important tool in the public service; it is what governs the actions of public servants at work.

“The last time these rules were revised was in 2008; and so, we recognise that the revision was long overdue. And so, we put everything that we got to ensure that we did the vision; these rules ideally, are supposed to be revised every fives. But this has taken more than that for us to get the revised PSR 2021.’’

She said that in doing the revision, there were a lot of stakeholder engagements and that a circular was put out for inputs from different sectors and from various groups that wanted amendments to the PSR.

“We set up different committees to look at what we got; and finally, a technical committee that consisted of permanent secretaries serving and retired and directors were put together to look at the zero draft that we got. After they reviewed it, we took it to the National Council on Establishment.’’

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