48% of ladies in northern Nigeria marry earlier than age 15 –Report

Victoria Edeme

A latest report from Save the Youngsters Worldwide confirmed that 48 per cent of ladies in northern Nigeria get married earlier than the age of 15.

The report titled ‘State of the Nigerian Lady: An incisive prognosis of kid marriage in Nigeria’ additionally revealed that 78 per cent of ladies in northern Nigeria have been married by age 18.

It learn, “An estimated 44% of ladies in Nigeria are married earlier than their 18th birthday and the nation additionally information the eleventh highest price of kid marriage globally (UNICEF, 2013).

“Northern Nigeria (North East and North West) had 48 p.c of ladies married by age 15 whereas 78 per cent have been married by age 18. Other than its penalties on fertility, well being, and wellbeing, little one marriage has far-reaching macroeconomic and sustainability penalties for Nigeria.”

In keeping with the report, little one marriages end result within the enhance of start charges and inhabitants explosion, due to this fact undermining the federal government’s effort in sustainable growth.

“As an end result of kid marriage; births enhance, and the inhabitants explosion undermines the federal government’s potential to successfully plan and mobilize sources for sustainable growth,” the report revealed.

It continued, “Moreover, little one marriage has nice adverse penalties on the schooling of the girl-child. That is so, as there’s a linkage between the extent of schooling and marriage; linkage between little one marriage and adolescent sexual and reproductive well being issues, maternal; little one and neonatal well being; diet standing of kids; literacy charges amongst little one brides and former little one brides; and poverty and long-term financial development.”

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