‘Women Not Getting Married Due To High Cost Of Marriage, Bride Price’- Nigerian Politician Observes

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A Nigerian lawmaker, Hon. Kennedy Ibeh has observed that the high cost of bride price is the reason why a lot of young men have decided not to marry, leaving a lot of women frustrated. 

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The politician is therefore sponsoring a bill to regulate the outrageous cost of customary marriages in Imo State. Ibeh, while presenting the bill for the second reading on Wednesday during plenary, said that the practice predominant in Igboland had caused so many of the young ladies to remain single.

Hon. Kennedy Ibeh

According to him, “a suitor coming to pay for a lady’s dowry may find it tasking to settle for the English wedding which again demands more expenses.

Part of the prayers of this bill is that once a suitor pays and completes the bride price of a lady, a clearance certificate should be issued to the groom by the father of the bride, who will present same to the traditional ruler of the community for the final issuance of Customary Marriage Certificate (CMC) at the cost not exceeding N1000.

No customary marriage in the state including the final stage of Igbankwu ceremony shall exceed the sum of N180,000 with the exclusion of the bride price which shall not exceed N80,000. 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 costs,” he said. He added that if the bill was eventually passed into law in the State, it will correct the anomaly as it was obvious young men and women aren’t getting married because of the monetary involvement.

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