President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan has sponsored the weddings of 300 couples in Yobe North Senatorial District.
Ezrel Tabiowo, his Special Assistant on Media, made this known in a statement, on Saturday in Abuja.
He said beneficiaries were drawn from Lawan’s senatorial district comprising six local government areas of Barde, Jakusko, Machina, Yusufari, Nguru and Karasuwa.
He noted that those that qualified for the gesture, were the intending couples who had attained marriageable age and with nobody or any means to finance their weddings.
According to him, he decides to foot the bills in response to the passionate appeal made to him by some parents during his previous visits to his constituents in Yobe North.
“The wedding which is to be organised in three phases with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols, began on Saturday.
The first phase arrangement witnessed the marriage of 100 couples drawn from Barde and Jakusko local government areas in Yobe .
“The mass wedding which was flagged-off at the Barde Emirate on Saturday, had the intending couples joined as husband and wife, according to Islamic rites, in a ceremony that held at the Barde Central Mosque.
“100 couples from Nguru and Karasuwa local government areas of the state are also expected to be wedded in the second phase of the mass wedding programme.
“While another 100 would be drawn from Machina and Yusufari local governments for the third phase plan respectively,” he said.
He said the dowries of the first 100 couples were fully paid for by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who is the Sarduana of Bade Emirate.
He also disclosed that furniture and household items were also provided by the Senate President to the couples who were drawn from 60 wards within the six local government areas of Yobe North Senatorial District.