The Kano State Government is set to marry off 1,520 women under its mass wedding programme. The mass wedding in Kano is an annual programme introduced by the state government to marry women to the man they love and reduce the number of single women in the state.
The state Commissioner for Local Government, Alhaji Murtala Sule Garo, who disclosed this yesterday at Government House, Kano, during the distribution of empowerment tools to youths under the Ganduje Mass Economic Empowerment Programme (G-MEEP) said funds for the proposed mass wedding has been long released.
“Funds for the proposed mass wedding has been released since. This is the first batch and second and third batches would follow soon.”
It would be recalled that last year, more than 10,000 young women had registered their desire to be married at the yearly mass wedding ceremony.
Most of the women who register with the board say they have searched endlessly for a partner but couldn’t *nd and therefore turned to the board for help. Some others say they have suitors but no money to do their wedding.
Women introduced to prospective suitors via the scheme include divorcees and girls of marriageable age. The Islamic board introduces the women to possible husbands and leaves it to them to make the final decision.
Under the Hisbah scheme, the state government pays the bride price and provides furniture and household utensils for the newlyweds.
In 2013, a total of 1,111 couples tied the knot in an elaborate event at Kano’s main mosque. As at 2013, the Hisbah said it had arranged 4,461 marriages since the programme began.
Speaking further on theMass Economic Empowerment Programme (G-MEEP), the commissioner said 2,000 youths have been empowered and
that 4,400 youths and 4,400 women would get assistance under the programme soon.
Governor Ganduje administration has said the empowerment initiative was to make the youth and women self-reliant under the current economic recession in the country.
He said the government had also procured over 520 farm implements and distributed them to young farmers, with N5000 each of the beneficiaries to help them kick start irrigation farming.
The governor warned beneficiaries of the empowerment tools that include popcorn making machines, sewing machines and barbing tools not to sell them off.
He said a giant vocational centre that would train over 24 different skills would soon be completed in the state.