Girls in Adamawa State have urged the governor’s wife, Hajiya Lami Fintiri, to sponsor an early marriage prohibition bill that will stop parents from marrying out their young daughters at tender age.
The girls made the call on Friday, 11th October, in a communique they presented to the governor’s wife after a rally to mark this year’s United Nation’s International Day of the Girl.
Reading the letter on behalf of the girls at Government House, Yola, Ms Fatima Ismaila, said the bill became necessary for the girls to have equal opportunity to acquire education.
“We need you to sponsor an early marriage prohibition bill through the state House of Assembly that will stop our parents from giving us out for marriage, at least until after completing our secondary education.”
“We need equal opportunity to access basic and quality education, please tell our parents to send us to schools,” she said.
The girls also called for the recruitment of more female teachers and the need for separate toilets in schools.
They also seek protection against rape and other forms of child abuse in the state.
“We are confident in you and His Excellency’s ability to address our concerns and we promise you today, Ma, we will try our best in studies and character to become role models like you and make Adamawa a girl-friendly state,” she said.