The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported that more than 3, 000 couples were married off in various mass weddings held in four states of the North-West within the last three years.
The mass weddings were reportedly initiated by state governments and private organisations largely for widows, orphans and divorcees in the areas.
Dailypost publication has it that In Kano State, 2, 450 couples benefited from the programme introduced by Gov. Rabi’u Kwankwaso in 2013.
The Deputy Commander, Kano State Hisba Board, Zahra’u Umar, told NAN that the event was in four phases, with the first set consisting of 100 couples, followed by 250, 1, 000 and 1, 100 couples respectively.
Umar revealed that each of the women received N20, 000 grants to set up businesses, so as not to be fully dependant on their husbands.
In Zamfara, the 273 couples that benefited are living peacefully, according to Sani Usman, Secretary, Widows and Divorcees Association, organisers of the mass wedding.
Mr. Usman said the mass wedding, supervised by the state Hisbah Commission, was funded by well-to-do individuals in the state.
From Sokoto, where the state government spent N30 million on the mass wedding of 125 couples in January, 2014, a new set of 250 couples would soon be joined in matrimony.
Finally, in Kaduna, the Secretary, Darul Rahma Foundation, Abdurrahman Adam, said the mass wedding organised by the foundation in April 2014 was a huge success.
Mr. Adam told NAN that only six cases of divorce were recorded out of the 100 couples married off during the ceremony.
“The objective of the mass wedding has been achieved. Our target is to reduce the number of unmarried women in the society, and we have done that successfully,” he said.