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Lagos Govt to introduce compulsory marital counselling

The Lagos State Government has expressed readiness to introduce compulsory Marital Effectiveness Preparatory Counseling for intending couples to sensitize them on all matters relating to Domestic and Sexual Violence in the State.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Mrs. Kikelomo Sanyaolu, announced this in Ikeja during a-one-day programme organised by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, DSVA, in conjunction with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs for all State Marriage Registrars.

Represented by the Director, Department of Local Government in the Ministry, Mr. Razaak Amodu, Mrs Sanyaoli commended the DSVA for its efforts in curbing domestic and sexual violence in the State, just as she pledged continued support for the agency in eradicating domestic violence in Lagos State.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of DSVA, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, noted that at least 60% of survivors of domestic violence who had contracted their marriage under the Matrimonial Causes Act, knew about the abusive tendency of their intending spouses but still proceeded with the union.

Mrs Vivour-Adeniyi pointed out that these red flags, among others, necessitated the need for Marriage Registrars to provide more professional support to intending couples.

One hundred and twenty Marriage Registrars, including their deputies across Lagos State, who attended the programme were sensitized on emerging issues such as 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.

Reporting by Omolara Omosanya, Editing by Omotola Oguneye