Lawmaker representing Obowo state constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly, Kenneth Ibeh, has sponsored a bill that will cut the expenses of marriage in the state to at most N180,000.
Ibeh noted that many young ladies were not getting married because of the expensive marriage costs and bride price in the state.
Presenting the bill for the second reading on Wednesday, March 10, during plenary, Ibeh said that outrageous marriage bills had caused many ladies to remain single as suitors can’t afford to pay.
He said, “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.”
Many suitors would often spend most of their life’s savings on weddings not out of choice, but compulsion due to the huge demand from the bride’s family.
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.
This would then be presented for the final issuance of Customary Marriage Certificate at a cost not exceeding N1000.
The bill added 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.