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Niger convicts 13 parents over underage marriage

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Thirteen parents have been prosecuted for withdrawing their children from schools and forced them into early marriage in Niger state.

The commissioner of education, Hajiya Fatima Madugu disclosed this during a press briefing on Monday in Minna.

She said the state government has initiated a legislation which makes forcing a girl-child of school age into early marriage punishable through the courts, adding that the gesture has begin to yield the desired result.

According to her the affected parents forced their wards out of school into marriage and therefore liable to prosecution with the courts handing various jail terms and appropriate fines.

She said seven out of the affected girls who indicated interest to continue with their studies have been returned to schools under the sponsorship of the state government, while others are currently learning skills of their choice.

She also said the state government has been able to put in place mechanism in collaboration with DFID and UNICEF aimed at encouraging enrollment, especially of girl-child in schools, adding that the measure has greatly bridge the gap between the boys and girls in terms of enrollment.

She said to this end, about N365 million has been disbursed to 12,911 households and care givers in the phase 3 of the Girls Education Programme across the state.

She noted that the state government is equally working to encourage retention and transition from primary to secondary schools and tertiary institutions respectively.

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15 Comments Nigeria News
olakunle031009• 11 months ago
Poverty cause am
Olite1996• 11 months ago
tobyatomatiga• 11 months ago
Got it
Iamajtofunmi• 11 months ago
Fatimabello• 11 months ago
Nice one
ANOINTING• 11 months ago
Abdulrazaqmtanko1• 11 months ago
OK today world are there underage girls
Vicharles• 11 months ago
Awesome. I swear.... very cool
iammicharles• 11 months ago
As in...
Irphilippe• 11 months ago
Raymond• 11 months ago
Abidoun• 11 months ago
innkayobami• 11 months ago
13 parents?
Racheal• 11 months ago
Iyamahsolomon• 11 months ago

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