Girl Child  Empowerment: Sustain  Christian Aid’s CAAGI Project, Hayab Tells el-Rufai 

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Reverend Hagan (left) with gat's Dr. Lydia Year (right), Christian Aid's Temitope Fashola (second eighty), CAAGI beneficiary with a thank you cake baked by her in the middle, alongside others at the event.

 

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.

 

 

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