Kano - The Kano State Hisbah Board said it had commenced
medical screening of 1,000 prospective couples for the next Mass Wedding
Programme in the state.
No fewer than 4, 395 prospective couples were registered by
the state government to participate in the programme.
The Director General of the board, Dr Abba Sufi, told the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Friday that the screening which started
last week was aimed at ensuring the health status of the couples before the
“The medical screening started about eight days ago and it
is intended to ascertain the health status of each and everyone of them.
“The screening is mandatory as it will enable the board and
each partner to know the health status of their partners before the marriage is
conducted,” he said.
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Sufi said the medical screening was in preparation for the
conduct of the programme scheduled to take place after the Eid-el-Kabir
“The state government has planned to conduct the programme
after Sallah, hence the decision to start the screening of the couples in
time,” Sufi said.
He said the state government under the leadership of Gov.
Abdullahi Ganduje was committed to the success of the programme as it would
check prostitution especially among indigent unmarried young girls and widows.
It could be recalled that no fewer than 5,000 indigent
unmarried young men and women benefited from the programme during the
administration of former Gov. Rabi’u Kwankwaso who introduced it in 2012.
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