Chairman of a group, Faith Actors Dialogue Forum, under the auspices of the Collective Action for Adolescent Girls Initiative (CAAGI), Reverend John Joseph Hayab has challenged the Governor Nasir el-Rufai-led Kaduna State Government to invest in the project which was funded by Christian Aid to empower the girl child.
He expressed this in a goodwill message delivered at an event, Christian Aid and partners under CAAGI, tagged, lesson learning event on improving choices for the adolescent girls with a theme, ‘The Plight of the adolescent girl in Northern Nigeria: the journey so far’ held in Kaduna on Thursday June 28, 2018,
“Before joining the Faith Actors we used to think that early child marriage did not exist among Christians but this programme has opened our eyes to see it exists.
“As a pilot scheme in three local government areas in Kaduna State, we have seen the impact it can make in the lives of our girls.
“I am challenging the Kaduna State Government to sponsor such programmes in all the 23 local government areas in view of the benefits it would bring and Kaduna will be the change we need,” he added.
Hayab thanked Gender Awareness Trust (GAT) under which flagship CAAGI project touched lives, while expressing more gratitude for inviting them to the programme.
He thanked Christian Aid and prayed that benefits of their investment will stand and produce positive dividends even as they pull out of the project.
He said the Faith Actors have met and have decided that with or without Christian Aid, they would continue to work.
“With or without Christian Aid, with the benefits we have seen, this project will continue, ” he assured.
He explained that the Faith Actors Dialogue Forum comprising Muslims and Christians, serves as a group that fashions out ways of impacting positively on the girl child.
“Let me speak like Oliver Twist and say thank you, thank you to Christian Aid, while begging for more, ” he said.