The Kano State Hisbah Board has revealed that over 4,000 prospective couples have applied to benefit from the state’s planned mass weddings scheduled for October.
According to Hisbah Deputy Commander-in-Chief (Operations), Dr. Mujahid Aminuddeen, the first batch of the program aimed to support 1,800 prospective couples, but more than 4,000 have already registered.
He said the large number of people registering for the program is evidence of the harsh economic reality Nigerians are currently facing.
Amiuddeen explained that due to the recent economic downturn happening in the country, many people want to participate in mass weddings, especially girls and women whose parents want to get married but cannot afford it. Pay for wedding preparation costs.
“The government only planned for 1,800 people, but we received thousands of people who expressed interest in participating in the mass wedding,” he told Daily Trust in an interview. But when we approached the governor about the issue, he assured the government’s commitment to continue the program. He even asked us to write and start processing for the next batch.
“After reviewing the application, we will further review the list to verify the actual participants and then forward it to the governor.”
In August, Naija News reported that no less than 1,800 prospective couples under the Kano State mass marriage scheme were benefactors of the N800 million allocated by the state for their weddings.
The N800 million allocated by the state government was used to buy furniture, groceries and clothes for 1,800 prospective couples.
According to Hisbah State Council Commander, Sheikh Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, each of the 1,800 wives will be given a bed set with mattress, pillows and 20,000 naira to start their business. He said all 1,800 couples will benefit from this generous donation, which will be of great help in alleviating social evils and poverty, as many weddings have been postponed due to parents unable to finance the wedding.
Giving an update on the event scheduled to take place next month, Amiuddeen revealed that the selected couples will be tested for HIV/AIDS, genotype and drugs before being selected for the mass wedding can be sponsored.
Shedding more light on the process, the Deputy Commander-in-Chief (Women), Dr. Khadija Sagir Sulaiman, said the N20 million earmarked for the wedding party would not only be for the Walima (wedding party) but would also cover the money marriage. -wedding activities include a three-day introductory course for couples and an entrepreneurship course for women.
“An entrepreneurship course will be organized for women. You know that women must receive 20,000 naira each as capital. So, when they acquire business skills like soap manufacturing, car wash manufacturing, ointment manufacturing, etc., they can start a business with this capital. These are the things this money will be spent on,” she added.
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