The Gombe State Government Committee on Mass Wedding said it disbursed N14.4m in dowries, food stuffs, furniture and other items to 720 couples in the state.
Secretary to the Committee, Alhaji Garba Abdu, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday that each of the beneficiaries collected N20, 000 as dowry as well as other items.
“We have disbursed N20, 000 as dowry to each of the 720 couples, as well as mattresses, furniture, carpets, pots, dishes and cups.
“The committee also gave them food stuffs like rice, maize, salt, vegetable oil, palm oil, spices, Spaghetti among others”, he said.
Abdu said the state government also organised training for the beneficiaries to enable them acquire knowledge of various skills to enable them become self-reliant.
He said after the training, each groom would receive N20, 000, while their spouses would collect N10, 000 to start their own businesses.
He advised the spouses to respect the laws of marriage in line with Islamic injunction, warning that anyone found violating their marital vow would be dealt in line with Islamic law.
Speaking, some of the beneficiaries assured the state government that that they would abide by the rules and regulations governing their union.
They commended Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo for the gesture, saying the initiative had touched their lives positively.