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Seriously? Jigawa Govt. plans mass wedding for widows & divorcees

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mass wedding (1)The Jigawa State Government has inaugurated a 19-member Committee to organise a mass wedding for widows and divorcees in the state.

This is contained in a statement issued by Ibrahim Isma’il, the Public Relations Officer, Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) on Tuesday in Dutse.

The statement disclosed that the SSG, Alhaji Adamu Abdulkadir, while inaugurating the committee, said the gesture was to checkmate social vices in the society.

The statement said that the Committee was to identify the total number of widows and divorcees in each of the 27 local government areas of the state.

According to the statement, the committee was to also obtain the beneficiaries’ consent for the marriage and trace and establish trade or profession of the male beneficiaries.

The statement added that it would also verify the health status of the widows and divorcees and their authenticity of adherence of the Islamic faith, among others.

It quoted the SSG as enjoining members of the Committee to discharge their duty with fear of God in view of the programme’s importance to the society.

The Committee has the Special Adviser to the state government on Religious Affairs, Malam Mustapha Sale, as the Chairman.

Other members are: the Chairman of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Ado Sani, the state APC Women Leader, Hajiya Binta Farin-Dutse, among others.

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Mass weddings have become commonplace in Northern Nigeria recently. Over 10,000 signed up to indicate their desire to be matched up for the next mass wedding planned in Kano. Therefore, it is likely there will be a high number of signups in Jigawa too. The process involves the introduction of the women to possible husbands and leaves them to make the final decision.

In several states, both intending wives and husbands are pre-screened for HIV. In Kaduna last year, the couples were given grants to assist with the wedding and their new homes.
“Each of the 125 grooms was given N50,000, out of which a dowry of N20, 000 was paid per bride, N10,000 for wedding clothes and N20,000 for initial upkeep.”

“Each of the brides was also given a set of furniture, bed and beddings, and other household utensils,”
What are your thoughts?

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7 Comments

  1. Dr. N

    July 19, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    That’s a lot of money to some people
    I mean d govt cld use it to dev d state but why not get as many people married as possible?
    Wow

  2. Mr. Egghead

    July 19, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    As long as nobody was forced into it, there’s no problem. Nothing wrong in a desire to be remarried.
    One way or the other, society pays for women like this: either through welfare benefits, alimony e.t.c. Far leaning conservative societies like Kano are just adding another chapter in that book.

    Besides, it is a big epp to those women because ‘armattan is coming!

  3. molarah

    July 19, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    To each his/her own priorities. The state indigenes don’t seem to be complaining, so why should we? Consent is gotten from both parties (the report says so), so no signs of forced marriage here. If this was being done at the expense of some more pressing welfare or developmental project I would see the need for concern…

  4. 'Deola

    July 19, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    The news, it appears, is being conveyed with some bias.

    If the caption, “Seriously? Jigawa Govt. plans mass wedding for widows & divorcees” could be edited, it will remove the judgement bias shown in conveying the news

    It is better for people to post their individual comments than for the site to be seen taking a position on the issue.

  5. nnenne

    July 19, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    As long as UN is not releasing statistics on malnutrition!

  6. Celeste

    July 20, 2016 at 1:40 am

    I see nothing wrong in it as it is helping the state and citizens religious/social welfare. After all some countries pay their citizens allowances when/if they are out of job.

    However, I would prefer the state organize training/seminar to sensitize the divorcees on the decadence and disadvantage of divorce so they don’t end up divorced again; they should be strongly discouraged from resorting to divorce over just anything and everything, even trivial issues.

    And BN, the ‘seriously?’ in your caption is inappropriate. I get this is a blog, but you need not get petty cheap in bid to garner comment traffic. Be fair and balanced in your report.

    • Ms D&G

      July 21, 2016 at 6:36 am

      I agree with you.. If the women want to get married and both parties agree, then why not? This is a form of social welfare.
      But I don’t think the divorcees need to be told about the disadvantages of divorce; I highly doubt they want to be divorced. Remember that it is very easy for a Muslim man to divorce his wife but women often cannot obtain divorces. So sensitizing the women on the disadvantages of divorce is essentially blaming the victim.

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