The Sokoto State House of Assembly has passed a bill aimed at regulating marriage expenses and other local ceremonies in the state.
The bill, which was sponsored by two members of the House, Abubakar Shehu (APC- Yabo) and Faruk Balle (PDP-Gudu) seeks to control extravagant spending in marriages, naming ceremonies, circumcision, and other local ceremonies.
The bill was earlier referred to the House Committee on Religious Affairs, chaired by Shehu, who presented the report at plenary.
The report was unanimously adopted and passed into law after the committee met with necessary stakeholders who made positive contributions that were captured in the bill.
The lawmakers, presided over by the deputy speaker, Abubakar Magaji, unanimously passed the bill into law after deliberations at the plenary.
According to the bill, the high cost of marriage ceremonies has become a source of concern to families and society at large, as it often leads to financial indebtedness, social insecurity, and unhealthy competition among families.
The new law seeks to address this issue by controlling the amount of money spent on these ceremonies and ensuring that they are conducted in a dignified and modest manner.