The wedding for 270 selected girls, who happens to be orphans, was conducted and sponsored by the Jigawa State Government.
The Special Adviser to Jigawa Governor, Malam Mustapha Saleh, revealed this on Saturday during the occasion was conducted in Dutse.
In his statement he claimed that ten orphans were selected from each of the 27 Local Government Areas of the state.
“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 stated that the state government spent over #93 million to sponsor the weddings, including the provision of complete house furniture to the beneficiaries.
According to him, the gesture was part of the government’s effort to support the poor and vulnerable in the state.
Saleh added 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.
The wife of the state governor, Hajiya Asma’u Badaru, who distributed furniture and other items to the beneficiaries, urged them to live in peace with their respective husbands.
According to her, living in peace would make the union last long, she also took the opportunity to call on the couples to imbibe the fear of Allah, in their marriage.
Badaru added that they would be made to account for what they did in the hereafter.