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Six million girls under 15 married off in 2015, says FG

By Frank Ikpefan, Abuja on 24/11/2018

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• Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Abubakar
• Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Abubakar

The Federal Government has said six million girls under 15 were married in 2015.

Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Abubakar disclosed this in her address at a Programme to celebrate this year’s Universal Day of the Child which took place at the School of the Gifted, Gwagwalada, Abuja.

The Programme, which had: “Children are taking over and turning the world blue” was organised by an international nongovernmental organisation, Save the Children in collaboration with the ministry.

The minister, who was represented by Deputy Director, Child Development in the ministry, Ali Madugu, said a 2015 situation analysis showed that 36 million Nigerian girls married before the age of 18.

She said child marriage remained a major developmental challenge affecting Nigeria.

The minister said: “Children form an appreciable size of our population. The rate of child poverty remains high, with children experiencing two or more deprivations of their basic needs. Hunger and poverty therefore remain major concerns for our children.

“Significant number of children lack access to basic life saving services such as health, education and birth registration.

“Child marriage is one of the developmental challenges affecting children in Nigeria. A situation analysis in 2015 conducted in Nigeria revealed that an estimated six million girls were married by age 15 and 36 million girls were married by aged 18, nationwide.”

In his remarks, Director of Advocacy and Campaigns, Save the Children, Amanuel Mamo, urged governments at all levels to prioritize girls access to health, education and protection programmes.

He said this will help to curb child marriage in the country.

Mamo said: “Save the Children is calling on governments to step up their efforts to develop and implement action plans that include full access to health, and protection for girls. These plans must be fairly financed and must incorporate a strong focus on education.

“We call for a stronger coordination and effective responses across the education, health, nutrition, protection, economic and justice sectors in order to improve the lives of many disadvantaged girls and boys.

“Save the Children urges for an increased investment in improving the quality of and access to primary and secondary education in particular, as well as the development and implementation of a multi sectoral action plan to strengthen girls equal access and completion of quality education that empowers them to make an informed decision on issues that affect them.”

 •Sourced from The Nation report 

Source News Express

Posted 24/11/2018 6:56:37 PM

 

 

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