Reversing underage marriage trend in the North – Punch

NIGERIA’S disgraceful scorecard on the plight of the girl-child was re-enacted with a new report from Save the Children International that 48 per cent of girls in the northern part of the country are married off before age 15. The precise regions affected are the North-East and North-West. The report, titled, ‘State of the Nigerian Girl: An incisive diagnosis of child marriage in Nigeria,’ notes that 78 per cent of girls in the regions were married by age 18. It adds that an estimated 44 per cent of girls in Nigeria get married before their 18th birthday. This is a piece of demographic baggage in the country.

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