A member representing Obowo State constituency in Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Kennedy Ibeh has sponsored a bill aimed at regulating the expensive cost of traditional marriages in Imo State.
Presenting the bill for the second reading on Wednesday during plenary, Hon Ibeh disclosed that the practice which is predominantly in Igboland, has made many young ladies single, adding that a suitor who’s coming to pay for a lady’s dowry, most times find it difficult to settle for the white wedding, which will also requires more money to be spent.
Part of the prayers of this bill is that upon completion of the bride price of a lady by the suitor, the father of the bride should issue a clearance certificate to the groom, and also present same to the community’s traditional ruler for the final issuance of Customary Marriage Certificate (CMC) at the cost not more than one thousand naira(N1000).
It also stated that no customary marriage in the state which includes the final stage of Igbankwu(Wine carrying) ceremony shall be done with more than the sum of N180,000, excluding the bride price which shall not be more than N80,000.
Hon Ibeh, added that practice has made so many of marriageable ladies in Imo state to remain single and men being scared of taking the bold step to marry from Imo state, advocating that the practice must be reviewed by all cost because it is totally unacceptable.
He disclosed that if the bill eventually become a law in the State, it will remove the irregularities as it is the mitigating factor why young men and women in the state are not getting married, because of the huge money involved.