A counseling center is set to be established by an association of divorcees in Bauchi State towards enlightening intending couples about issues that lead to divorce in marriage.
According to the association’s Chairperson , Hajiya Balaraba Ibrahim, Muslim and Christian clerics will be engaged in the center to ensure intending couples are prepared against issues that lead to broken homes.
“ We conducted a survey three months ago across the 20 Local Government Areas of Bauchi State .
“ According to the indicators , major causes of separation and divorce were lack of empowerment skills , unemployment , poverty and early marriage among spouses.
“ The association seeks to further address the issue of child marriage in our communities , ” she said .
Ibrahim also lamented the lack of function by some husbands in clothing, feeding and sheltering their family.
“ Some of the divorcees we interviewed during our survey three months ago said that their husbands were not providing their basic needs .
“ Some of them , as young as 20 years , were married off at the age of 15 , while others had divorced more than 10 years ago.
“ While men are not even available for marriage , those that were married could not take care of their matrimonial responsibilities .
“We will partner with clerics from both religions to embark on counselling before marriage to prepare their minds for marital life , ” she said.