18 July 2014

Nigeria: Lagos Govt Introduces Paternity Leave for Male Staff

Lagos — The Lagos State government has introduced ten-day paternity leave for male staff in the state public service, just as it jerked up maternity leave for female staff from three to six months for the first two deliveries.

This was disclosed to newsmen yesterday by members of the state executive council led by the Head of Service, Mrs. Josephine Williams.

Williams said third delivery by any employee shall only attract three months, while the male officer will not be entitled to paternity leave. She added that the new leave regime for career officers takes immediate effect.

Also speaking, Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Mrs. Yewande Adeshina, said the new policy would aid exclusive breastfeeding.

She said the state government introduced the policy in order to encourage maximum breast feeding for a new born baby so that he/she can live a healthy life.

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