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Lagos State approves 10-Day Paternity Leave & 6-Month Maternity Leave


BellaNaijarians, do you remember when we recently talked about Paternity Leave? Well the Lagos State Government has approved 10 days for men.

All male civil servants will get a 10-day paternity leave, while female workers will get an extended maternity leave – six months.

At a press conference held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, the state Head of Service Josephine Williams said the new leave regime was meant to reduce the negative implication of the extensive work life of parents, who are civil servants in the state.

“A female officer shall be entitled to twenty-four 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.

Williams also stated that the subsequent deliveries by any employees would attract only 12 weeks maternity leave for the female officer, while the male officer would not be entitled to the 10-day leave.


  1. Princess

    July 17, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Abeg which one is paternity leave? Do you mean maternity leave?

    • msrayray

      July 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      its time off from work for fathers after the birth of their child

    • Jo!

      July 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      Common sense darling, Common. Sense.

    • adeze nwa

      July 18, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Common sense is not common after all. So you read through the entire post, and couldn’t comprehend a thing?

    • Omo1

      July 18, 2014 at 11:45 am

      I can’t believe this comment. I must assume its a joke

  2. Mannastores

    July 17, 2014 at 5:15 pm


  3. annonymous

    July 17, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    great! this is a great start for parenting i hope other companies will emulate this if they can.

  4. Idak

    July 17, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I need to apply for a job in LASG.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      July 17, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Why, are you planning on going on paternity leave soon? Curious minds wanna know…. 🙂

    • Idak

      July 18, 2014 at 7:12 am

      Nwanne, lean over and let me whisper in your ear. 🙂

  5. Mz Socially Awkward...

    July 17, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I’m proud of Fashola’s government. Extremely proud. Please consider a higher office for the next step of your political career, Nigeria awaits progressive leadership like yours.

    Saying that, however, the curtailing of parental leave after the second delivery is a little questionable… especially since Nigerian families are normally of the 3-5 children variety and this essentially discriminates against parents who would prefer to have more than 2 children. So I see lawsuits coming before a State High court judge at some point in the future to test that policy.

    But, baby steps. We’ve started from somewhere.

  6. @edDREAMZ

    July 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Lasgidi is – ahead of other states by far…..

  7. hanuyoluwapo

    July 17, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    i love diz….kudos to d government

  8. Ani

    July 17, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    This is very nice and commendable. What I don’t like is that after the first two births, subsequent births will be reduced to 12wks. Every birth is stressful. A third, fourth and so on births, doesn’t mean it’s going to be less stressful. Nothing stops them from saying 6months leave for all births. Giving birth is not beans. Thank you Mr Fashola anyway for considering the women folk. God bless you.

    • oj

      July 18, 2014 at 10:36 am

      they want their workers to consider family planning. restricting the number of kids they have to two

  9. Joke

    July 17, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    A very good initiative, the fathers also have to learn how to change the diaper.

    • Nahum

      July 18, 2014 at 5:43 am

      Will our culture allow them to? You forget that we have an archaic culture that encourages men to be absent from the care of their kids. This is why I stand on the argument that paternity leave is not needed for our men until we see a culture shift. It will just be 10 days of additional work for the new mom.

    • jayla

      July 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      You do know the culture is dynamic right? Laws sometimes shape culture and behaviour. There may be several dads who have wanted to be more involved in the care of their children but the environment was not an enabling one.
      Your point about waitng to implement the law when the culture shifts is moot. When and what will make the culture shift?? That’s like saying “let’s wait till the culture shifts from driving recklessly before implementing a law against it”.

  10. bunmi

    July 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Too good to be true! Eko o ni baje o! Kudos to our governor

  11. bunmi

    July 17, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    God has a reason for everything! I’m glad I’ll enjoy this priviledge!

  12. dizzyherre

    July 17, 2014 at 8:33 pm


    but i dont understand why they cut it short for subsequent deliveries after the second child……

    what changes after the second delivery? dont the parents and child still have the same requirments for time and attention?

    • mrs chidukane

      July 18, 2014 at 12:02 am

      I guess it is assumed that the woman would have gotten used to child bearing and so will be better able to cope. Let’s face it,all things being equal by your third child you should have become an expert, lol.

    • Idak

      July 18, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Maybe they don’t expect you to have more than two in this economic climate.

    • Philip

      July 21, 2014 at 11:05 am

      The reason i think is because the government wants to curtail (1) abuse and (2) test run this policy to see whether to review upwards in the event that it was not abused

  13. Latifah

    July 17, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    It’s a good start. six months mat leave is very reasonable, happy for civil servants. LASGIDI is encouraging couples to have 2kids with this policy.

  14. cythina

    July 17, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    lol, this is not a fashola initiative, he is just following the International Labour convention to which Nigeria is party. With time the Federal government would have no choice but to adopt it

  15. Iris

    July 18, 2014 at 1:07 am

    This is great news for mothers. I am skeptical about fathers though – please paternity leave is NOT for watching football and hanging out with the guys.

    • Idak

      July 18, 2014 at 7:17 am

      Na wa for you!
      Must you expose secret plans in the open?? 🙂

    • Tee

      July 18, 2014 at 9:04 am

      I totally agree with you.

      Infact they should just stay back at work abeg. Don’t want extra work on my hands. Imagine my hubby being on paternity leave???Nooooooooooooooooo. I have enough stress abeg.

      Just bring home the bacon. lol

  16. Truth

    July 18, 2014 at 1:33 am

    We will get there! Nice one. Hope this will help build stronger families ties starting from Lagos.
    Fashola is the man!

  17. Zizi

    July 18, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Chaiii, I’m moving bk to Nigeria…Bellanaija ify umeokeke is from Amichi not Nnewi, that’s an insult to Amichians.

    • Ivy

      July 18, 2014 at 9:04 am

      & what has this done for you? Lol!

  18. fashola fan

    July 18, 2014 at 7:25 am

    fashola is the man, let him go for triple terms. eko o ni baje o. very nice policy

  19. lady

    July 18, 2014 at 7:33 am

    am so happy with this new extended maternity leave. and paternity leave,.it will surely improve family life and quality of children bring raised. I just hope it’s with immediate effect so that some of us that just delivered and started maternity leave will have it extended to 6 months too. kudos to you, fashola.

  20. emmy

    July 18, 2014 at 8:51 am

    The question is who picks the bill?the taxpayers mainly in the private sector and fed civil service who incidentally don’t have access to similar services.A nice bargain would have been to maintain 4 months full pay and an option of two months with reduced pay or no pay at all.Excessive time-offs create redundancy in the civil service and puts excessive pressure on the folks left behind to work which is not surprising why some women decline to work where several women are taking long time off due to maternity leaves.Govt jobs are very sensitive and the draw backs are that critical services like health etc could be hampered due to several staff off at the same time.This could eventually lead to less hiring of young women especially in critical services departments altogether defeating the equal opportunity initiative.I really hope this policy doesn’t become mandatory for the private sector because it is a killer of jobs for both young men and women.Four months is apt,six months is stretching it a tard too far.

    • Magz

      July 18, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Wow! There must be one in every crowd! One! You couldn’t allow us to enjoy it, could you? You had to point out that it is too long

    • Debz

      July 18, 2014 at 9:26 am

      I am guessing that you may be of the male gender? It is not enough that it has been capped to 2 children, you also want the time to be limited to 4 months? How exactly are people who live in low income brackets meant to cope with the extra mouth they are feeding? Every addition to a family and adds all sorts of strain to a family unit not least the economic factor that is being considered in this instance. 6 months is fair enough we do not need regression where progress has been made. The Lagos government and be extension, the federal government is more than capable of bankrolling this initiative and more if truth be told!

    • Idak

      July 18, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Dude (I am assuming), I feel your point and know you will be bashed. However,there are more pressing reasons why there is so much lethargy,redundancy and ineptitude in the civil service. The LASG is slightly more effective than most,so let us see how it pans out.
      Another point you missed out is that after the 6 months break,it will probably take another month to get up to speed and return to the groove of things work wise. So that is 7 months leave in practicality.

  21. Ivy

    July 18, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I should have heeded to my mother’s advice when she said i should work in the civil service. Kai! 6 months, kwa? See flexing

  22. Fume

    July 18, 2014 at 9:24 am

    This is really nice! i wish the private sector will consider it. As for the 12 weeks for subsequent births, am guessing it was reduced because of women who get pregnant almost every year, Imagine a staff taking six months off this year and just when you have the staff back for another six months she gets pregnant again. it will tell on the job.

    • Idak

      July 18, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Private sector will consider it but they will have to change the rules and start employing only menopausal women. Imagine employing a lady like my late ex high school teacher who had 5 children in the six years I was in secondary school? I actually think she had her first child just before I started school! Not being sexist but I doubt any capitalist minded employer will embrace such a rule easily.

    • Jane Public

      July 18, 2014 at 10:56 am

      and here I am secretly wishing that my company’s policy should increase to 15months from the standard 12 months full pay that they offer. Thoroughly grateful. Le Boo and I should get busy then. 12 months is better than nothing. I have women in my team who have had 3 children in 5 years and they each went on 1 year maternity leave.

  23. Tata

    July 18, 2014 at 11:02 am

    @ emmy…… I do not mean to be rude o but if you have been there you will really appreciate this new policy. Please let us encourage our leaders whenever they are doing something good and nice.

  24. sum1special

    July 18, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Fashola has made great impact in Lagos state. Now desperately looking for a government job.


    July 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Civil servants will be all smiles

  26. AyoSpecie

    July 18, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    New Maternity and Paternity leave for civil servants in Lagos-

    (1st TWO deliveries)- Mothers gets 6 months with full pay, while Fathers gets just 10 days pere!!!
    (From 3rd delivery)- Mothers gets 3 months and Fathers gets ZERO days.

    – Does this new proclamation preach gender equality?
    – Wont this encourage man marrying many wives to get 10 days each per wife?
    – When will the private sector implement this?

  27. Bola

    July 18, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    wow!!! the smell of progress is in the air 🙂 really nice

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