SOKOTO — The Sokoto State House of Assembly on Tuesday sought the regulation of marriage, naming ceremony and circumcision expenses in the state.
This development followed the presentation of a private member bill sponsored by Abubakar Yabo (APC-Yabo), and co-sponsored by Faruk Balle (PDP-Gudu), the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
It is a bill “for a law to regulate expenses in marriages, naming ceremonies and circumcision and other matters connected therewith.”
Presenting the bill, Yabo said the notice was brought pursuant to Order 11, Rule 2(2), of the assembly standing orders, 2019.
“The bill, if allowed, intends to regulate and reduce to the barest minimum, the high rate of expenses and extravagances in the ceremonies,” explained Yabo.
“It is obvious that the unwholesome practices negatively affect the highly revered institutions of marriage, naming and circumcision, thereby causing economic setbacks and financial meltdown in the society.”
He further noted that the practices had left many people in Sokoto with nothing, but divorces, adding that the bill, if passed into law, would help to safeguard the institution of marriage.
“It is worth noting that inability of an intended groom to meet up with such unwholesome practices often leads to break-ups in marriages,” the legislator added.
“Therefore, I believe, this proposed bill is timely and more of a clarion call towards safeguarding the institution, in accordance with prophetic Sunnah.”
Meanwhile, the assembly, presided by the Deputy Speaker Abubakar Magaji, unanimously accepted the presentation of the bill.
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