The government of Zamfara state has earmarked N40 million to facilitate a mass wedding, organised by the Association of Widows and Divorcees in the state.
Dr Atiku Zawiyya, the chairman of the Zamfara State Hisbah Commission, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on April 15 in Gusau.
He said that the state government decided to assist the widows association to help the body to solve its major problems. The chairman also noted that the activities of the association were in line with the tenets of Islam and the promotion of the Shari'a.
Zawiyya explained that the state government supported the initiative of the association to help in its effort to reduce immorality in society.
Zawiyya took the opportunity to call on wealthy individuals to continue assisting the activities of the association as government alone could not do everything.
Malam Sani Usman, the secretary of the association, said that the money would be used in sponsoring the marriages of more than 200 widows, divorcees, less-privileged and orphans. Moreover, part of the money would be used to help some couples to start their own businesses to sustain their marriages.
The secretary recalled that about 200 couples had already benefited from the programme in the past three years.
It would be noted that it is not the first case when the government makes a decision to sponsor mass weddings. A year ago Kano state government also organized mass weddings for indigenes who otherwise could not afford their nuptials.