The Zamfara State Government on Wednesday said it has set aside N40 million to cater for a mass wedding, organised by the Association of Widows and Divorcees in the state.
Speaking in Gusau, the Chairman of the Zamfara State Hisbah Commission, Dr Atiku Zawiyya, said that the State Government decided to assist the widows association to help the body to tackling its problems.
The chairman noted that the activities of the association were in line with the tenets of Islam and the promotion of the Shari’a.
He however called on wealthy individuals to continue to assist the activities of the association as government alone could not do everything.
The secretary of the association, Malam Sani Usman, said the money, if released by the government, would be used in sponsoring the marriages of more than 200 widows, divorcees, less-privileged and orphans.
He said that part of the money would be used to assist some couples to start businesses to sustain their marriages.
Usman recalled that no fewer than 200 couples had benefited from the programme in the past three years.