Why I sponsored 100 girls’ wedding – Speaker

The speaker of the Niger state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abdulmalik Sarkindaji, weekend, decided to sponsor the marriage of 100 girls from his constituency in Mariga local government area of the state as part of his social responsibility projects.

The speaker stated this in statement in Minna Sunday. He stated that girls are getting married to their long standing suitors, adding that, “the beneficiaries are those whose parents don’t have the financial capacity to arrange their marriage and those whose parents have died.

He said: “The decision to take responsibility to foot the bills for the marriage of these girls is borne out of my sincere sympathy for the parents, some of whom are dead. Let me make it clear that almost all these girls have suitors, but their parents have no resources to meet their marriage expenses as required by their customs and traditions.”

He stated further that some of the beneficiaries are also daughters of gallant vigilantes who paid the supreme price in defense of the constituency against banditry.

He added that, “this other category is those that have lost their parents to insecurity in the area and they have nobody to finance their wedding even though they have their suitors.”

The speaker stated that the girls are not being married out against their will, neither are their husbands being forced on them. He insisted that they already have suitors of their choice, but the parents and relatives do not have the means to marry them out.

He said: “According to the tradition of our people, you cannot marry out a girl without accompanying her with some essential needs to make her comfortable in her husband’s house. Such items include room furniture, such as bed, mattress, kitchen utensils among others.

“These are things these girls are lacking. This is the responsibility I agree to shoulder and relieve the parents of such burden.”

It was learnt that 170 girls have been listed for the intervention of the speaker in the marriage sponsorship, out of which 100 are in the first phase and the marriage ceremony would soon hold for the remaining girls.