Jigawa sponsors wedding of 270 orphans with N93m


The Jigawa State Government said it sponsored and conducted the wedding of 270 selected orphaned girls with N93m.

The Special Adviser to Jigawa governor, Muhammad Badaru, Mustapha Saleh disclosed this on Saturday in Dutse during the exercise in Dutse.

His word, “Ten beneficiaries were selected from each of the 27 wards of the state by the committee shouldered with the responsibilities of selecting and screening the eligible beneficiaries.

“And they selected based on merit, not political affiliation or any other thing,” he said.

Saleh further disclosed that more than N93 million was spent by the state government to sponsor the weddings, including the provision of complete house furniture to the beneficiaries, adding that medical tests, including HIV/AIDS test, were conducted on the couples in order to ascertain their genuine health status before the marriage.

“We decided to conduct the medical test because it was the best way to engender trust in the minds of the couples.

“The screening conducted had been a success story, as none of the couples was found to be carrying diseases that will disqualify him from benefitting from this kind gesture.

“And this is because joining the couples in suspicious circumstances will make them distrust each other which might end up destroying the relation,” Saleh said.



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