Imo Assemby Hears Bill To Reduce Bride Price As ‘Women Are Not Getting Married’
A lawmaker representing Obowo constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly, Kenneth Ibeh, has sponsored a bill to reduce the expenses of marriage in the state to a maximum of N180,000.
Ibeh said that the bill was necessary as many young women in the state are yet to be married due to the expensive cost of marriage and the bride price.
“Imo women are not getting married due to the high cost of marriage and bride price,” Ibeh stated during the second hearing of the bill.
“A suitor coming to pay for a lady’s dowry may find it taxing to settle for the English wedding which again demands more expenses.”
“It is quite unfortunate that this practice has caused so many of our marriageable ladies to remain single and men apprehensive of taking the bold step. This is wrong and we must discourage it at all cost.”
The lawmaker stated that many suitors were avoiding the cost of bride price and other marital rites imposed by the brides family.
Presenting the bill for the second reading, Ibeh said that outrageous marriage bills had caused many ladies to remain single as suitors cannot afford to pay.
According to the bill, once a suitor pays and completes the bride price of a woman, a clearance certificate should be issued to the groom by the father of the bride, who will present the certificate to the traditional ruler of the community.
The clearance certificate, the bill says, would then be presented for the final issuance of Customary Marriage Certificate at a cost not exceeding N1000.
The proposed law stated that no customary marriage in the state, including the final stage of the Igbankwu ceremony, shall exceed the sum of N180,000, and that the bride price should not exceed N80,000.