Gombe spends N151m on mass wed­ding

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Adamu Saleh, Gombe

Gombe State Gover­nor Ibrahim Dankwambo said his ad­min­is­tra­tion spent about N151 mil­lion on the mass wed­ding that took place in the state Tues­day.

He said the money was spent on the pro­vi­sion of dowry, food items, cloths, fur­ni­ture, kitchen uten­sils and take-off cap­i­tal for the 720 cou­ples.

Dankwambo said apart from is­sues of so­cio-eco­nomic in­fra­struc­ture such as roads, schools, hos­pi­tals, elec­tric­ity among oth­ers, one area that has been ne­glected is the plight of “the voice­less and vul­ner­a­ble di­vorcees and the young and not-so-young per­sons” who are de­sir­able of mar­riage but have not been able to go into it due to fi­nan­cial chal­lenges.

Dankwambo said the 720 cou­ples com­prised 612 Mus­lim di­vorcees, 76 Mus­lim spin­sters and 32 non Mus­lims.

“Be­cause we are not only con­cerned about the so­cioe­co­nomic well­be­ing of our people, but also their moral and spir­i­tual state, we de­cided to take ac­tion,” he said.

The gover­nor said those who took part in the ex­er­cise are cur­rently un­der­go­ing train­ing at var­i­ous skills ac­qui­si­tion cen­tres across the state.

He said at the end of the train­ing, govern­ment would pro­vide take-off grant of N20, 000.00 to the men and N10, 000.00 to the women.

He fur­ther stated that names of the Chris­tians among the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the project will be for­warded to the state chair­man of the Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (CAN) who will or­gan­ise the wed­ding for them.

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