The plan to start compulsory premarital counseling exercises for intending couples in Lagos, in order to prevent and eradicate domestic violence in marriage has been concluded by the State Government.

In conjunction with the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, this was announced by the government during a one-day engagement programme for the state’s marriage registrars, organized by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA).

The permanent secretary for the ministry, Kikelomo Sanyaolu announced that it is a way to prevent domestic violence across the state.

The executive secretary of the DSVA, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi while reacting to the development expressed her concerns about the gap in professional pre-marital counseling in the country and how it could have prevented most of the domestic violence cases because over 60% of victims saw the signs before getting married and still went ahead no thanks to inadequate counsel.

Guests that matter were also present at the event. The likes of Tinuke Odukoya, the Executive Director, Center for women’s Health and Information, Mr. Oladele Emmanuel, Founder, Institute of marriage administrators and counselors of Nigeria came for the event.

Others are: Mr. Praise Fowowe of the Institute of Family Engineering and development, who had worked closely with the state in designing the 8 module pre-marital counseling programme.