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OPS seeks paternity leave allowance, commitment to employees’ welfare 

By Gloria Nwafor
09 November 2021   |   3:52 am
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has asked government to provide paternity leave allowance to help curtail some of the expenses that could arise as men properly bond with their newborn baby or adoptedåoneåå.

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has asked government to provide paternity leave allowance to help curtail some of the expenses that could arise as men properly bond with their newborn baby or adoptedåoneåå.
 
President of TUC, Quadri Olaleye, who welcomed the idea of 14-day paternity leave by the Federal Government, said dads staying at home with their wives during the period would incur higher expenses.
 
“For us to stay as our wives have delivered means our expenses will increase. Even if it is a token, it will be a very good thing. That shows that the government is thinking in the right direction considering the pandemic that is still biting hard on households,” he said.
 


He stressed that paternity leave is also very important because a lot of women during the pregnancy period face a lot of mental health issues, “so that the husband could also be at home to give moral support and reduce the mental health issues at that moment.
   
“Moreso, the government has to concentrate more on providing an enabling environment for job creation as the pandemic has taken a lot of jobs. Tax relief should also be given rather than legislators considering reviewing tax upwards so that workers can have more disposable income to take care of the situation. Government should lead by providing jobs so that the private sector can do as well in their organisations.”
Meanwhile, the President and Chairman of the Governing Council, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM), Olusegun Mojeed, said the institute, as the apex regulatory body for the practice of Human Resource (HR) in Nigeria, was pleased with such news.
 
He noted that HR is duly concerned about employees’ welfare, which is a very critical aspect of the HR value chain and a core part of the employee value proposition of any organisation.
  
Mojeed further explained that HR professionals and people managers must always put a human feel and empathy in getting the best from employees. 
 
He said: “HR is not a hire and fire role. It has evolved to be more strategic and transformational, thus helping organisations deliver on their mandate, through the most important resource in the workplace; the people.”
 
He said that the CIPM is collaborating with the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation to deliver the new Performance Management System (PMS), a system designed to re-engineer and reinvigorate the service performance. 

The system, he added, has replaced APER (Annual Performance Evaluation Review) in the revised Public Service Rules (PSR).