Hon. Kennedy Ibeh, representing Obowo State constituency in Imo State Home of Meeting, has sponsored a invoice to control the price of customary marriages in Imo State.
Presenting the invoice for the second studying on Wednesday, March 10, throughout plenary, Ibeh mentioned that outrageous marriage payments had brought on many women to stay single as suitors can’t afford to pay.
He mentioned: “A suitor coming to pay for a woman’s dowry might discover it tasking to accept the English marriage ceremony which once more calls for for extra bills.”
He added: “It’s fairly unlucky that this apply has brought on so a lot of our marriageable women to stay single and males apprehensive of taking the daring step. That is incorrect and we should discourage it in any respect prices.”
The invoice asks that when a suitor pays and completes the bride worth of a lady, a clearance certificates must be issued to the groom by the daddy of the bride, who will current the certificates to the normal ruler of the neighborhood for the ultimate issuance of Customary Marriage Certificates (CMC) on the value not exceeding N1000.
It provides that no customary marriage within the state, together with the ultimate stage of the Igbankwu ceremony, shall exceed the sum of N180,000 with exclusion of the bride worth which shall not exceed N80,000.