Governor Diri set to end unfriendly customary practices against women in Bayelsa state

Bayelsa State Government says it would work towards ending unfriendly traditional and customary practices that restrain the burial of married females in some communities in the state.

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

The Governor 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.

The Governor assured 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 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.

Responding, Chief Douyi Douglas-Naingba expressed gratitude to the governor for his show of love and friendship, stressing that his family was strengthened by the visit.

He appealed to the Governor to approve the construction of a cemetery in Amassoma Island to end the discriminatory tradition against female corpses in the community.