By Saheed Ojubanire.
When a man wants to become one with his woman, he thinks of wedding. And becoming one with one's woman in this part of the world could come in different forms. Basically, four forms. What are the four different forms? You might be wondering.
Well, there is Religious Wedding, Traditional Wedding, Customary Wedding and of course, Civil or Statutory Wedding. Yes, the one that is conducted in Marriage Registries across the country. And when you talk of the Marriage Registry in the country that is most desired by couples to have their weddings conducted there, it is no other than Ikoyi Registry. Situated in a high brow area of Lagos, Ikoyi Registry is the darling of majority of couples who want their union legalised.
And naturally, because most couples want to carry the seal of Ikoyi Registry on their wedding certificates, there is always crowd of couples and their family members bombarding the registry on days alloted to conducting of weddings. And certainly on such days, workers there are always busy from start of work to close of work. They always have a field day with people streaming in and out endlessly.
Meanwhile, in this Covid-19 era whereby there is necessity for social distancing and observing of other Covid-19 protocols, how has Ikoyi Registry been fairing with the crowd of people that usually storm the place for the purpose of getting legally married, most of whom go with their retinue of family members, friends and associates? Well, this Journalist was amongst some close associates that went with a lady colleague recently to have her marriage conducted at Ikoyi Registry. And what did he see?
Right from the entrance of the short road leading to the gate of the Registry, there were courteous security men who insisted everyone going in must were a face mask or be turned back even if they were the parents of the couples or even, couples themselves! The security men insisted that was the standing rule issued by the Registrar who was later found out to be named Mr. Adeyemi Adebayo Samson. And that anyone who broke the rule would be seriously sanctioned by the no nonsense man.
Mr. Adeyemi Adebayo Samson
Okay, having made everyone wear their face masks before getting into the premises of the Registry, what else? Well, like the face mask wearing aspect of the Covid -19 protocol was strictly adhered to, the social distancing aspect too, despite the crowd of people within, was not left to chance. Plastic chairs numbering over 200 pieces (and 4 tents) which were reportedly donated to the Registry by the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) through the human relation effort of the Registrar, were well spaced and arranged for people to sit.
Now, to the operations of the staffers of the Registry under the watch of the Registrar. Unlike in most other civil service environments in this part of the world where lackadaisical attitude of workers stinks to high heavens, diligence was seen as the order of the day as everyone was visibly doing the job they are being paid for. Those who were to handle the list and calling of couples in minded their business, those who were to handle oath taking minded theirs too, and those saddled with the responsibility of conducting marriages proper kept at it business-like.
No wonder by as early as 11:30 a.m. that the couple this Reporter went with were called in to have their wedding conducted, 122 other weddings had been conducted already. Yes, 1-2-2! That is no mean feat in a civil service environment. And upon enquiry into why they had the smooth flow of conducting one wedding to the other in quick succession, it was discovered that it was as a result of the initiative of the Registrar to create 10 different tables to handle the conducting of weddings simultaneously by the operatives of the Registry without compromising social distancing between the tables.
Interestingly, the wedding of the couple this Reporter went with was conducted by the Registrar in his spacious office himself. And you should have seen his good sense of humour with not just the couple but everyone who managed to get into the office, while he did his job diligently. You cannot but admire his warm personality. And again, the way he was very jovial with his member of staff who either worked directly with him in his office or made their way in, in-between time, was worthy of emulation by all bosses who want a camaraderie in a work environment.
The truth is, if not that legal weddings only allow one man and one wife, even the couple the Registrar conducted their wedding in the presence of this Reporter would have loved to come before him to marry again, again, and again. He just had a way of cracking up everyone easily with almost every word he said and made them feel at home all through.
And beyond his genial nature, as gleaned from one of the members of staff in the Registrar's office that this Reporter chatted up, their boss despite having a friendly relationship his workers, does not tolerate any act of indispline from them. For instance, the staffer said they usually give number to couples on first come, first served basis as they stream in, and on no ground would the Registrar allow anyone to lobby to jump the que either from himself or any of his staff.
And also that the Registrar, by way of giving numbers to the couples and ensuring that they only have the population of couples they can conduct their weddings in a day, being present, has been able to control the hitherto traffic congestion they used to witness on the road leading to the Registry. Now there is free flow of traffic in and out of the Registry as also witnessed and confirmed by this Reporter.
Without any shred of doubt, Mr. Adeyemi, the Registrar is changing the face of Ikoyi Registry for the better. And if people like this Reporter would have reported it if the Registrar had been bad, there is no crime in writing about who are good at their jobs like him as well. Mr. Adeyemi, indeed, deserves a big kudos.
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