NUJ advocates speedy passage of Kogi matrimonial Bill to reduce domestic violence, Divorce



Kogi State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists Comrade Momohjimoh Adeiza has called on the state House of Assembly to pass Kogi Matrimonial Law and Child Right Supportive Bill in the interest of the society.

Comrade Adeiza, made the call on Wednesday at a media roundtable organized by Foundation for Enhancement and Promotion of Family Life (FEPFL) in collaboration with FEPFL Marriage and Career Academy in partnership with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kogi State Council to review the bill for Kogi Matrimonial Law and Child Right Supportive Bill.

He described the Kogi Matrimonial Law and Child Right Supportive Bill as apt, saying the Bill which is currently at it second reading would pave room for peace and increased revenue generation in the State.

The union leader however called on the Assembly to pass the Bill in order to reduce domestic violence, divorce amongst others.

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Executive Director, FEPFL John Ojochenemi in his address, described divorce as the major cause of social vices in the society and appealed to the Kogi State House of Assembly to quickly pass the Kogi Matrimonial Law and Child Right Supportive Bill.

According to him, the Bill if passed into law each local government area of Kogi State has the capacity to benefit an accumulation revenue generation of over N131 million per annum through processing of marriage.

He added that another N203, 210, 000 can be generated via Marriage crisis from registered marriage registry.

He lamented that divorce certificate remains the easiest certificate to get in the society now with broken down homes and marriages, described the bill currently on the floor of the Assembly as one when passed will be a win win situation for the family, the society and in revenue generation.

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The Executive Director explained that when marriages are rightly processed there will be peace and security in the society, said it will in the long run create jobs for Civil Society Organizations and reduce spending on insecurity by government.

Amabi maintained that marriage processing errors has equally added to the increasing crime and violence rate in the society due to lack of uniformity in marriage processing, call for a separate institution where people would be groomed on the knowledge of what to expect in marriages and to discourage divorce.

He lamented that marriage process is targeted at revenue and not knowledge driven, pointing out that for a life time journey, people should go through process that would educate them on the dos and dont as well as what to expect in marriages to be able to withstand shocks.

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While disclosing that marriage remains the foundation of community peace, Amadi said where the LGAs have attempted process to achieve peace and to effect reconciliation in the failed marriage, called for other forms of interventions before hurriedly seeking divorce.

Speaking on the strategy for peace and revenue, he said the urge for food, sex constitutes 95% of the human earning, noting that the two major urge, directly or indirectly when rightly harnessed would create peace in a peaceful marriage and improve revenue.

He therefore urged the Kogi State House of Assembly to look into the merit of the bill, maintaining that matrimonial revenue generating should be based on service delivery through processing and service.




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