by Isi Esene
This might not be your dream wedding but it surely serves its purpose.
The Kano State Government yesterday conducted a mass wedding for 250 couples, this is the second one in its series being co-ordinated by the State Hisbah Board, the first one held on May 15 at the Kano Central Mosque.
The government says the initiative was established to address the high rate of divorces being witnessed in the state.
Hajiya Amina Namdi Sambo, wife of the vice president and special guest at the occasion donated materials worth N3.73m to the new brides. She described the initiative as a step in the right direction which she notes will address many socio-economic challenges at the grassroots level.
Mallam Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the governor of the state also presented gifts, comprising beds and bedding, bags of rice, cartons of spaghetti, as well as household items. He also gave each of the brides N20,000 which he described as take-off capital to get on with their new lives. Other gifts presented to the couples included three crates of eggs, two cell phones per couple, assorted fabrics and sundry items, which were donated by wealthy individuals and organisations. In all, the state government said it has spent nothing less than N46.6m in equipping the couples for the future.
To show the preparation and thoughtfulness that has gone into these arranged union, the commander general of the Hisbah, Sheikh Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, disclosed that during the screening of the couples, seven prospective suitors were discovered to be HIV-positive, and they would eventually be wedded with those of same status in a closed door wedding, just like the organisation did with 11 HIV- positive couples, discovered during the maiden mass wedding where 100 people were joined.