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FG’s policy on paternity leave excites FCT residents



FG’s policy on paternity leave excites FCT residents

By Joy Obanya

Some CTF residents on Thursday touted the federal government’s approval of 14-day paternity leave for fathers of newborns and adopted babies.

Residents spoke to the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja, in the context of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approval of 14-day paternity leave.

The policy aims to enable men to bond well with their newborns or adoptees.

The Federation’s head of department, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, had in his speech on the initiative explained that paternity leave was approved for men when their wives give birth to their new babies.

A resident, Mr. Mohammed Bashir, said the responsibility for the care of children after childbirth should not be left to mothers alone.

According to him, the political initiative is appropriate, as it would encourage men to also play a key role in the education of children after birth.

“I think the policy is a step in the right direction, because sometimes children are left alone in the hands of people we don’t even know.

“What is happening in this country today is because we don’t have enough time to raise the children properly.

“It should not be the responsibility of women alone to care for their newborn baby, men should have an interest in it, therefore the government has really done what needs to be done,” he said. .

Another resident, Ms. Eunice Modupe, a civil servant, welcomed the initiative.

She said it was a welcome idea, noting that some men experience trauma before and after childbirth.

“When you look at it, it’s only women who get maternity leave, but in most cases, men also experience trauma during the birth of their child.

“More often than not, when women go to the delivery room, the men feel so traumatized as their wives. Obviously, a mother who has just given birth cannot do anything.

“Men who cannot afford to support their wives will benefit from such a policy, as they can now help their wives during pregnancy and after childbirth,” Modupe said.

In a similar vein, Johnson Emmanuel, thanked the government for proposing the policy, noting that it would allow fathers to bond with their newborns.

“It’s a welcome development, in terms of deepening the relationship between father and child. The father can also help his wife to take care of their child together.

“There should be some space for the father to leave his job and take care of the family,” Emmanuel said.

Bello Kajuru, an official, said: “It is a good policy for fathers to share quality time with their children and also to allow children to know their parents as they grow older.

“A father can also chart a course for his child as he grows older,” Kajuru said.

On the other hand, Mr. Ademiju Adelani, said that the paternity leave should be designed to suit both fathers and mothers of newborns in order to enjoy together the period also known as “Omugwo “.

“Paternity leave for fathers is good on one side and bad on the other; what a 14 day leave will impact the neonatal “first four weeks” period in the education of the newborn.

“The policy should be tailored so that mothers and fathers take care of their newborns together from the early stages of childbirth,” Adelani said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the 14-day paternity leave approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) is intended to encourage fathers to help ease the pressure of caring for children after birth.

Source: NAN

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