Kano - The Kano State Hisba Board has discovered 20 HIV positive and five pregnant among the 1,000 women to be married in the third batch of mass wedding on Sunday.
The Commander General of the board, Sheik Aminu Daurawa, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Wednesday.
He said the affected women were detected during the medical screening conducted on the prospective brides by the board across the 44 local government areas of the state.
Aminu said that 20 prospective couples were also found to be HIV positive during the mandatory medical check-ups.
He said that each of the 44 councils would hold the wedding prayer session for 21 couples while the session for the remaining 76 couples would be conducted in the state capital.
The commander general said the board had set aside N10 million to be paid as dowries to the brides in addition to providing other essential items for the couples.
Aminu said that the renowned Kano-based businessman, Alhaji Isiyaka Rabi’u and the Governor of the Central Bank (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi had donated N2 million and N1 million respectively toward the success of the programme.
"A chieftain of the PDP and traditional title holder of Dan-Saran Kano in the state, Alhaji Gambo Danpass has also donated 200 bundles of lace to the brides."
"In addition GLO Mobile Telecommunication company has donated 2,000 SIM cards for distribution free to the couples," Aminu said.
NAN recalls that traders at the popular Kantin Kwari Textile Market had last month donated N5 million toward the success of the mass wedding.