The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a 14-day paternity leave for male federal civil servants in the country.
The new policy was approved at the FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday, according to Folasade Yemi-Esan, Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, Yemi-Esan said paternity leave will 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.
She said: “Paternity leave is the leave that is approved for men, when their spouses or wives have given birth to a newborn 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.
“So, that is what has been approved for men. So that the men and their babies also can bond well together. It’s important because we want the young children and the youth really to bond properly with their fathers, just as they bond well with their mothers.
“So, this is the time that has been approved now, for men to bond at the early stages, especially at the early stages of a child’s life. That is when it’s very important for this bonding to take place.”
She also explained that fathers of adopted babies of less than four months will also enjoy this gesture.
The development comes months after the Federal Government approved paternity leave for staff of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).