The Kano State Hisbah Board said yesterday that it has concluded plans to marry off 1000 widows and divorcees in the third batch of its mass marriage program aimed at reducing the number of unmarried women in the state.
Commandant General of the board, Sheikh Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, said the mass wedding will take place on April 7, 2013.
"The government introduced this plan in order to reduce marital problems in our society. When we first suggested the mass wedding plan, many people thought it would not be possible, but Alhamdulillah, we have succeeded in marrying off about 350 women in two batches", he said.
Daurawa said apart from providing furniture for the new brides, the government has set aside N20 million to be given to the 1000 brides as capital to start businesses.
He added that a workshop would be organized for prospective couples to lecture them on the benefits of successful matrimony based on Islamic guidance, as well as to train them on skills acquisition.
Some organizations and well to do individuals in the state have started trooping to the board to make their contributions to the event.
It was gathered that chairman of the Algamated Traders Union of Nigeria, Alhaji Bature Abdul'azeez and Kantin Kwari Market Traders Association under the leadership of Alhaji Liti Kulkul, donated N5 million to the board to help pay the brides dowries.