The Lagos State Government has expressed readiness to introduce compulsory Marital Effectiveness Preparatory Counseling for intending couples to ensure they are proactively addressed about Domestic and Sexual Violence in Lagos State.
This was disclosed on Monday,8th August,2022, during a one-day engagement program of all State Marriage Registrars, organized by The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) in conjunction with the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government , Mrs Kikelomo Sanyaolu who was ably represented the Director Local Government, Mr. Amodu whilst commending the Agency, expressed the willingness and readiness of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs in proactively addressing Domestic violence in Lagos State.
In her opening remarks, The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi noted that at least 60% of survivors of domestic violence who had contracted their marriage under the Matrimonial Causes Act, saw the abusive signs of their intending spouse but still proceeded with the Union which has therefore become expedient for marriage registrars to provide professional support to intending couples.
Erudite facilitators of the program, Mrs. Tinuke Odukoya, Executive Director, Centre for Women’s Health and Information, Mr. Oladele Emmanuel Temilade, Founder, Institute of Marriage Administrators & Counselors of Nigeria and the Founder of Family Life Engineer, Praise Fowowe, took the participants on emerging issues which includes gender and sex roles, understanding Domestic violence, statutory roles of Marriage registries, family system engineering as well as an introduction into the curriculum of the Lagos State Marital effectiveness preparatory Counselling.
A participant of the program, Mr. Deji Sokeye, National president of Local Government Registrars of marriage in Nigeria in his vote of thanks, reassured the State of their commitment in embracing the initiative.
In attendance was a total of 120 marriage registrars comprising all marriage registrars and their deputies across the State.