Zamfara to sponsor the weddings of 1,998 widows, as commissioner calls for laws to prevent divorce

by Vincent Ehiabhi
Photos from the mass wedding in Kano in 2012
The Zamfara Government has registered 1,998 widows preparatory to marrying them off, the Commissioner for Ministry for Women and Children Affairs, Hajia Balkisu Bungudu, has said. Bungudu said that the marriage ceremonies would be sponsored by the state government.
According to her, the rising number of widows in the state was of grave concern. She, however, added that 120 of the widows had found suitors but their marriages had been delayed by the lack of resources.
“That’s why the state government is coming in to assist them,” she said.
Bungudu also expressed concern at the rising rate of divorce in the state, and appealed to lawmakers to make laws that would prevent divorces.

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