Alhaji Aliyu Kofar-Rini, the Chairman of Sokoto State Sunnah Marriage Mediation Council, which is responsible for organizing mass marriages in the state, on Saturday in Sokoto, said that unemployment and the incompatibility of some couples were responsible for the collapse of mass marriages.
Kofar-Rini who disclosed this to newsmen while commenting on the current state of the marriages that are usually sponsored by the state government, disclosed that no fewer than 20 out of the 125 mass marriages contracted in January, 2014, had collapsed.
He also disclosed that the state government had spent over N 30 million in sponsoring the January, 2014 mass marriages of 125 couples.
Kofar-Rini said: “The state government contracted and sponsored the marriages by paying the dowries and providing all the wedding cloths and materials for both the 125 grooms and 125 brides.
“Out of these marriages, 20 had since collapsed leading to divorces, sequel to mainly unemployment and other problems such as incompatibility of the couples.’’
The chairman said that, none the less, the council was now working round the clock to ensure that the remaining 105 mass marriages survived.
According to him, arrangements had been concluded and plans were underway for the conduct of another set of mass marriages for 250 couples.