Economic downturn halts northern Nigeria mass weddings
Written by Morenike Adebayo on July 21, 2016
The downturn in the Nigerian economy has compelled the Kano state government to halt the state-sponsored mass wedding. Abba Sufi, director-general of the northern city’s “morality police”, the Hisbah, who stated this added that this has resulted in a huge backlog of women intent on getting the right husbands to marry through the matchmaking process.
He noted that as of now more than ten thousand women have registered for the state-sponsored programme in Kano. The matchmaking programme began in 2012 to help divorcees remarry in Kano state. Under the scheme, the state government pays the bride price and provides furniture and household utensils for the newlyweds. Meanwhile, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has condemned the programme, saying what the nation needs now is not mass wedding but mass employments.