Gombe State Government has commenced the screening of 3,000 men and women for the second batch of the state mass wedding exercise.
Alhaji Abdulkadir Abubakar, the Publicity Secretary of the Mass Wedding Committee and Senior District Head of Gombe made this known on Tuesday.
Abubakar said the committee, which had different sub-committees, was mandated to screen applicants for pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis, among other cases.
He commended the state government for introducing the programme, which was meant to assist the less privileged to get married.
According to him, the scheme will reduce the spread HIV/AIDs in the state.
He said the committee had consulted traditional rulers and other stakeholders to ensure success of the exercise.
The spokesman said application forms for the programme had been distributed to 11 local government areas of the state as it was done in the first batch of the initiative.
He said successful applicants would be provided with dowry, foodstuff, clothing, furniture and kitchen utencils.
Reports had it that 720 couples were married out across the state under the first batch of the programme in April.
They include 612 Muslim divorcees (Zawarawa), 76 Muslim Spinsters and 32 non Muslims.(NAN)