TOR TIV and chairman, Tiv Area Traditional Council, TATC, Professor James Ayatse, at the weekend in Gboko, constituted a 15-man committee to look into the problem of high bride price and expensive burial ceremonies in Tiv land. This was disclosed in a press statement signed by his media assistant, Freddie Adamgbe and made available to newsmen in Makurdi last Saturday. According to Adamgbe, the committee, which has three months to submit its report, is headed by Ter Ikyor, Jam Gbinde, has the mandate to investigate the reasons for high bride price and recommend ways of addressing the challenge. The Tor Tiv 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.
The paramount ruler also directed the committee to seek ways of reducing cost of burials, lamenting that burials had since been turned to ceremonies, a development he said is alien to Tiv culture. He said there is need to address the problem as borrowed trends of expensive marriages and burials have inflicted poverty on families. The Tor Tiv also called on relevant religious bodies to help in eradicating what he described as “borrowed” cultures, values and traditions that were not beneficial to the growth and development of Tiv land.
He also directed the committee to suggest a decent dress code to restore the dignity of the people, noting that ordinary people have resorted to putting on beads as if they were traditional rulers or title holders. Other assignments of the committee, according to Adamdge is to suggest measures that would check the indiscriminate sales of ancestral land by some family members who never considered the plight of future generations, noting that such acts were responsible for incessant communal clashes in Tiv land recently.


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