Lagos state okays six-month maternity leave, 10 days for fathers

Lagos state government has introduced a new leave regime for
all male and female civil servants in the state. Henceforth, all male
civil servants whose wives give birth are entitled to a 10-day paternity

leave while female civil servants had their maternity leave extended
from 3 months to 6 months.

The new leave regime was announced today by the Lagos State Head of Service, Mrs Josephine Williams at
a press conference held at the Baguada Kaltho Press Centre, in Alausa, Ikeja.

“A female officer shall be entitled to 24-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.

She added that subsequent deliveries after the second baby by any employee
will only get 12 weeks maternity leave for a female officer while
the men will not be entitled to the 10-day leave.

Special adviser to
the Lagos state Governor on public health, Dr Yewande Adeshina, said the
6 months leave will enable women complete the mandatory months required
for breastfeeding
new born babies.

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