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Sterling Bank shares a Beautiful Story of Promoting Work-Life Balance by Granting New Father Paternal Leave



Congratulations are in order for Okiomah Oghenefego (a.k.a Fego). He’s one of the latest additions to the New Daddies Club, with a bouncing baby girl in tow.

What’s also special is that he is possibly the first employee to enjoy paternity leave perks in the Nigerian banking industry. As a member of Sterling Bank’s Digital Banking unit, he qualified for a five-day leave period to care for his newborn.

“In those five days, I spent quality time with my wife, strengthened our bond and developed a special bond with my daughter. I also learnt the technique for carrying a newborn, changing diapers and ensuring that she burps after feeding her,”  Okiomah said.

One word: “Aww…”

Kudos to Sterling Bank for this. No wonder it’s considered a great place to work among young Nigerians. The Bank has a solid stand on maintaining a work-life balance amongst its employees, stemming from its mission to care for the community.

What are your thoughts on paternity leave policy? Should more Nigerian companies adopt it?

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  1. great stuff!

    March 3, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Fantastic initiative; parenting is for both parents not just one. Well done Sterling bank; hopefully other Nigerian establishments will follow suit.

  2. David

    March 3, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    This is beautiful. How considerate of Sterling Bank. Its not just about the customers, the staff matters too.

  3. Tutu

    March 3, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    5days and this is sponsored content? mscheeww

  4. akama

    March 3, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    As in! No be small mscheew.

  5. Mama

    March 4, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Afi bonding within 5 days na…lol. And the two first commenters are definitely employees of sterling bank; even their comments sound sponsored ??

  6. Tsc

    March 4, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Other banks have paternity leave as well – good on Sterling but this is not new

  7. Toughlove

    March 4, 2018 at 9:53 am

    5 days and you people are making noise hm..
    My lease expexpctations were 2 weeks.

  8. Yellow sun

    March 4, 2018 at 10:02 am

    5 day….bonding indeed ..give them 1 month oh

  9. ye

    March 4, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Pls abeg shift, other banks including where I worked have been granting paternity level since ages . At least since I joined d banking industry five yrs ago.

  10. Efebola

    March 4, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    It’s good to know that more corporate organizations are beginning to embrace world class practices as regard employee benefits. Ecobank male staffs in Nigeria enjoy paternity leave as it is part of staff benefit instituted in the bank’s policy since 2016. Welcome on board Sterling bank staffs.

  11. Yasss!

    March 4, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Sterling stays winning!

  12. Sunshine

    March 4, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Awwwn.. Fego!

  13. JB

    March 5, 2018 at 8:27 am

    They are making it sound like its a favour! Its not. The fathers also deserve it plus its common practice. We should actually be angry that they are just implementing it and making it just 5 days when others have 10 days minimum.

  14. Girly

    March 5, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    at least I Know Access Bank does this, not new abeg. But good one though

  15. Joking Stuvs

    March 5, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    5 days? You people aren’t serious. If you’re giving paternity leave, please give it or leave it. What is 5 days in the grand scheme of things?

  16. Anonymous

    March 21, 2018 at 9:10 am

    This is definitely not a first in the Banking industry as Keystone Bank erstwhile BankPHB were the first bank to start giving male staff Paternity leave over 5 years ago. Please get your facts right.

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