The Kano State Government said it earmarked more than N100 million (which is approximately $6,334) for the wedding of 1,000 divorcees and widows scheduled for January.
The Director General of the state Hisbah Board, Alhaji Abba Sufi, disclosed this in an interview in Kano on Thursday. He said the board had "since started preparation in readiness for the mass wedding".
"The screening of the prospective couples has commenced in earnest in all the 44 local government areas of the state," he said. Sufi said prospective couples must undergo medical checks, including HIV and AIDS, genotype and hepatitis tests, among others.
"The board has written to wealthy individuals and corporate organisations for their contributions towards the success of the programme." In July last year 250 widows and divorcees were joined under the second batch of the mass wedding.