The Lagos State Government has approved 10 days paternity leave for men. All male civil servants will get a 10-day paternity leave, while female workers will get an extended maternity leave – six months. At a press conference held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, the state Head of Service Josephine Williams said the new leave regime was meant to reduce the negative implication of the extensive work life of parents, who are civil servants in the state.
“A female officer shall be entitled to twenty-four weeks maternity leave with full pay in case of her first two deliveries. The said leave shall commence, at least two weeks before the expected delivery date; a male officer, to who a new baby (or babies in case of multiple births) is born shall be entitled to 10 working days.” she said.
Williams also stated that the subsequent deliveries by any employees would attract only 12 weeks maternity leave for the female officer, while the male officer would not be entitled to the 10-day leave.