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HOT!- Tiv Traditional Council To Check High Bride Price, Burial Costs
Makurdi – The Chairman, Tiv Area Traditional Council
(TATC), has constituted a 15-member committee to look
into the problem of high bride price and expensive burial
ceremonies in Tiv land.
The setting up of the committee was announced in a
statement signed by Mr Freddie Adagbe, Media Assistant
to chairman of TATC, His Royal Majesty, Prof. James
Ayatse, and made available in Makurdi on Saturday.
The committee, which has three months to submit its
report, is headed by His Royal Highness, Chief Jam
Gbinde Ter Ikyor, and had been directed to investigate the
reasons for the high bride price and recommend ways of
addressing the challenge.
The TATC chairman lamented that the high bride price
was hindering bachelors and spinsters from getting
married, noting that in some cases, young men resorted
to acquiring resources through unacceptable means to
meet up with the challenge.
Ayatse also directed the committee to evolve ways of
reducing cost incurred during burials, lamenting that
burials had now been turned to ceremonies, adding that
such practice was totally alien to Tiv culture.
According to him, there is need to address the problem as
borrowed trends of expensive marriages and burials have
inflicted poverty on families.
The chairman called on relevant religious bodies and
stakeholders to help in eradicating such borrowed
cultures, values and traditions that were not beneficial to
the growth and development of Tiv land.
The chairman also directed the committee to suggest a
decent dress code to restore the dignity of the people,
noting that ordinary people now put on beads as if they
were traditional rulers or title holders.
He also called on the committee to suggest measures
that would check the indiscriminate sales of ancestral
land by some family members who never considered the
plight of future generations.
Ayatse noted that such acts were responsible for
incessant communal clashes in the area of recent.

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