So as usual, i was reading the news. Marriage is like a plague in Nigeria. Why is Zamfara state paying n400 million for 200 weddings? Do the math, that is N200,000 per wedding. what is the money going towards? And why is the state sponsoring these weddings? They put it under one of the tenets of Sharia Law, someone please educate me. Why does the state have any business in paying for weddings for those who cannot pay for them?
Lets think about something, half of those “brides” can start small scale businesses with N50,000 or less. Many can learn trades such as tailoring, teaching or small scale production. Likewise the men can be empowered for less than N200,000 per person. Now who will take care of the offspring of these unions? or the poverty cycle will continue? Rumor has it that Boko Haram pays its fighters N2000 per day, thats N60,000 per month if you add the weekends. SO can a tailor not almost match that if they are well trained and ambitious?
I think these state governments come up with non-sustainable ways to give to their people. It just reeks of ridiculousness, because i am sure someone is profiteering off these mass weddings. I am for charity, but charity that creates dependence makes minimal impact. Empowerment on the other hand goes a longer way and can sustain generations. I also know for a fact that if you see a poor man, he has a poorer woman sitting at home. They people should approach the likes of Leap Against Poverty (LAPO) and see how they can empower their populations as it translates to greater economic prosperity for all involved.