Rivers State Government Bans Wedding Receptions, Defaulters to pay N100million


The Commissioner for Social Welfare, Mrs. Inime Aguma said the State Government has reviewed the compliance of citizens as it relates to Executive Order 16 on the conduct of marriages in the State.

Mrs. Aguma stated that henceforth, applications for marriages must be accompanied by an affidavit stating that there would be no reception.

She spoke at Friday’s emergency State Executive Council Meeting in Government House.

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According to her, a fine of One Hundred Million Naira awaits defaulters of the Extant Regulations.

She added that Local Government Chairmen are to be held responsible if they fail to monitor compliance in their various areas.

The Commissioner for Health, Professor Princewill Chike said that Council also reviewed issues regarding public burials during the COVID-19 period.

According to him, all public burials in the State are to be conducted in line with the Official Gazette of the State which stipulates that not more than 50 persons are allowed at such ceremonies.

Professor Chike stated that henceforth, families applying for burials must provide death certificates and an affidavit that they must adhere strictly with all COVID-19 protocols.

He said defaulters would be liable to a fine of One Hundred Million Naira while Local Government Chairmen are to ensure that the directives comply within their various areas.

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