Lagos Approves 6-Month Maternity Leave, 10 Days For Fathers




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Lagos State Government has extended maternity leave for female civil servants six months and introduced a 10-day paternity leave for fathers.
The state head of service, Mrs Josephine Williams, speaking at a joint press conference at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa today said the new leave regime was meant reduce the negative implication of the extensive work life of parents, who are in the state.
“A female officer shall be entitled 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 whom a new baby (or babies in case of multiple births) is born shall be entitled to 10 working days,” Williams said.[eap_ad_2]
She added that subsequent deliveries by any employees would attract only 12 weeks maternity leave for the female officer, while the male officer would not be entitled the 10-day leave.
The special adviser the governor on public health, Dr. Yewande Adeshina, said the six-month leave enable the nursing female public servants implement the recommended six months exclusive breast feeding.
She said, “At six months or 24 weeks, a baby is considered strong enough be left in decent crèche for proper care having gone close affection and nurturing by mother.”[eap_ad_3]