In a bid to help people who cannot shoulder the cost of a wedding, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, has sponsored the wedding of 100 less-privileged singles, on Saturday in Gashua, Yobe State,
The beneficiaries were drawn from Bade and Jakusko Local Government areas. Lawan said the gesture was to aid parents who could not shoulder the financial burden involved.
He said the exercise would also discourage social vices such as rape, child abuse, and child abandonment, among others.
The senate president promised that 200 others would benefit from similar exercise in the remaining 4 local government areas of his constituency.
The other four local government areas are Yunusari,Yusufari, Geidam and Bursari.
In his remarks, the Emir of Bade, Alhaji Abubakar Suleiman, thanked Lawan for the gesture, saying it would assist the most vulnerable members of the society.
He appealed to the couples to live in peace with one another and always try to resolve their matrimonial challenges amicably.
Coordinator of the exercise, Alhaji Muhammad Gagiyo, said in addition to the gesture, the senate president also promised to train the grooms on various skills to enable them take care of their families.
According to him, the first batch of the exercise involved Bade and Jakusko Local Government areas, and the next batch would include the remaining four Local Government areas of the zone.
He further explained that 50 beneficiaries were selected from each of the six local government areas of the senatorial district.