If you’re planning on getting a chick pregnant and abandoning her with the baby, don’t do it in Lagos – where a law was just put in place to hunt down and prosecute runaway dads. Also, you’d be a total jerk, so there’s that as well.
Lagos, a conurbation (yeah, I had to look that up too), and “economic capital” of Nigeria, is the third most populous city in Africa, and the 7th fastest growing city in the world. Zoinks.
Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola signed the law on Monday, along with two others, the Lagos Criminal Law of 2011 and Criminal Justice Administration Law. Together, they make up the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Law. Basically, I’m telling you this because signing a law about fatherhood at the same time as a suite of laws with the word “emergency” in the name means fatherhood is now a priority in Lagos. If it weren’t, the law would be pushed back and forgotten until all of the “emergency” laws were passed. So – obviously, the state of fatherhood in Lagos (as we’ve heard about other parts of Africa) is hitting a critical point.
If you’d like to read more on the topic (which has basically nothing to do with the runaway dad law) – hit the sauce below!
Sauce: Leadership Newspapers Group