Lagos East Town Hall Meeting – Domestic Violence Sensitization

June 2, 2016

A drizzle greeted constituents as they poured in to Mercy Hall on CMD Road, Magodo. From the gate, police men give directions to a 50m by 30m hall. Right inside, two things stand out, women in geles singing in Yoruba with passion, and ‘empowerment’ tools which filled up to one-fifth of the hall. The latter included cartons of Indomie noodles, cartons of Power oil, hair dryers, as well as mini gas cookers well branded with the senator’s photo and name.

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The women’s continue to sing as ‘honourables’ are called to the high table. Consequently, the Oba of Ketu is ushered into the hall and straight to the table. Right about that time, the ‘Youth Leader’ is called up. The women began to sing:

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“Eje ki omode ko wa… Jojolo, omokekere jojolo…”

A song purposed for Yoruba children aged 10 years and thereabout. Ironically, the “Youth Leader” looks well over 40.

In order to move on, the constituents urged the women to keep quiet for the opening prayer. Immediately, it was time to say the National Prayer. But some way, somehow, it was just the 1st stanza of the National Anthem that was sung.

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Finally, it was time for Senator Ashafa to address the people. Firstly, he couldn’t help but show a sign of being fed up with the women’s over-singing stunts. He repeatedly stressed “Ese pupo o, ese…”.

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Run-down of NASS Events

  • Budget presented on December 25, 2015
  • Extensive debate began in January
  • MDA budgets were thus forwarded to committees
  • Senator Ashafa, as Chairman of Land Transport Committee, invited all relevant parastatals for performance reports. He also led his team in visitation to the MDAs in question.
  • On 4th March 2016, Senator Ashafa sponsored a motion to check drug abuse among Nigerian youths.

Bills @ hand

  1. Nigerian Railway Corporation Act Repeal & Re-enactment Bill – Public hearing held, technical committee appointed, committee report submitted on 24th May 2016 and presented to the Senate President on the same day.
  2. National Transport Commission Bill

Top Quotes (Senator Ashafa)


  • “I don’t think there is anyone in Nigeria that is not angry”
  • “The desired change will soon begin to manifest”
  • “In my opinion, domestic violence is directly linked to the downward spiral of family values”

Following the senator’s remarks, the Director of the Office of the Public Defender stepped up to educate the constituents on the 4 possible occurrences of domestic violence – sexual, physical, emotional and economical. Right afterwards, 8 women were unveiled as survivors of domestic violence in Lagos East Senatorial District. As constituents murmured in response to the indiscreet situation, the senator handed over the total sum of ₦250,000 to the survivors.

So back to the theme of the meeting – Domestic Violence Sensitization. In order to curb this menace in the Lagos Society, especially Lagos East Senatorial District, constituents should work with the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team of Lagos State Government . As the team emphasizes, your role is to report the act, protect the victim and encourage justice. All these, just by calling – 08137960048 or 112 toll free.