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Nigeria has second-largest number of child brides – UNICEF

Nigeria has second-largest number of child brides – UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has declared that Nigeria has the second-largest number of child brides in the world, reports News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.
The world body said the country has 23 million girls and women married out as children in the country, thereby ending their educational strive.
According to the Agency, Bhanu Pathak, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Nigeria, Bauchi Field Office, stated this in Bauchi State yesterday at a Youth Talk organised in commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“Too many Nigerian children and young people are being left behind, especially when it comes to education.
“Nigeria has the world’s highest number of out-of-school children; more than 10.5 million Nigerian children are not in school.
“Nigeria also has the second largest number of child brides in the world with 23 million girls and women married as children, and as such, ending their education,” said Pathak.
He reiterated UNICEF’s resolve to foster a stronger partnership with the Nigerian government at the federal and state levels for the realisation of children’s rights.
Sagir Musa, president, Youth Advocates For Education, Bauchi, said, the challenges of young people included high rate of unemployment, lack of basic life skills, drug abuse, political thuggery and illiteracy among others.
He enjoined the state government for collaborating with UNICEF, Bauchi Field Office, to organise such forum which gave young people the opportunity to have their voices heard and take decisions on matters that affected their lives.
Tagged ‘The Nigeria We Want: Voices from Bauchi’, the talk was sponsored by United Kingdom Department for International Development. Participants were drawn from six states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Plateau and Taraba.

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