Bayelsa mulls stoppage of unfriendly burial practices against women


By Eunice Nnachi, Yenagoa

Bayelsa State government has said it would work towards ending unfriendly traditional and customary practices that inhibit the burial of married females in some communities in the state.

Governor Douye Diri gave the hint on Tuesday during a condolence visit to the Yenagoa residence of his Technical Adviser on Ijaw National Affairs, Chief Douyi Douglas-Naingba, who lost his wife.

Gov Diri said his administration would consider legislation to end practices that forbid women from being buried in some communities.

He expressed concern over the practice, saying it was unfair to the female gender.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as assuring that his administration will work with the state House of Assembly to provide a legal framework to end discriminatory practices against women.

As part of efforts to tackle the issue in the short term, Governor Diri directed the Commissioner for Lands and Housing and his Works and Infrastructure counterpart to liaise with leaders of Amassoma community to get a suitable location for the construction of a cemetery.

He described as painful the death of a loved one, particularly a spouse, and prayed to God to grant Chief Naingba and his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

The state helmsman described the deceased as a very caring woman, who left a worthy legacy, stressing that those who mourn should be consoled by her legacies.

His words: “I know what it means to lose a loved one, especially a wife. Chief Naingba, let me on behalf of your government and the people of the state express my sincere condolences.