The Zamfara State Deputy Governor, Ibrahim Wakkala, says he will sponsor the mass wedding of 100 prospective couples in the state.
Mr. Wakkala made the announcement on Saturday in Gusau at the graduation ceremony of 200 women trained in various empowerment skills under his youths empowerment initiatives.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the training was carried out by the Rigar Yanchi International, an NGO, in collaboration with the state council of Ulama sponsored by the deputy governor.
He said under the programme, 100 males and 100 females would be selected across the 14 Local Government Areas of the state for the mass wedding.
He added that the process had commenced with various stakeholders on how to select the beneficiaries.
“Our aim is to reduce number of widows and divorced women in the state. We noticed that many of them want to marry but they don’t have financial support to do so’’, Wakkala said.