Akpan Etukudoh Asare
The United Nations (UN) is very worried over the increasing number of child brides in Nigeria.
The UN stated that Nigeria has the largest number of child brides in Africa and highest prevalence of female genital mutilation in the world.
The organisation the organization said the phenomenal rate is not checked it will assume an alarming proportion.
Making this remark was the UN Resident and Humanitarian Co-ordinator, Mr Edward Kallon.
He ,made the remarks at the UNCT Retreat which held in the Transcorps Hotel Calabar.
The international agency charged the federal government to address the situation before the statistics go out of proportion.
“Nigeria has the large number of child brides in Africa and one of the highest prevalence of female genital mutilation in the world, said the UN.
The UN also blamed the federal government for allowing all sorts of unfair treatments to be meted on women including gender based violence despite appeals from women to be treated fairly in all aspects of life.
“Nigeria has huge deficits in all aspects of gender equality including very high levels of gender-based violence.
“Nigeria has the large number of child brides in Africa and one of the highest prevalence of female genital mutilation in the world.
“This disadvantaged position of
women is exacerbated by cultural and religious customs and contributes to an unbridled demographic growth, with women in Northern Nigeria conceiving 7-8 children on average.
The UN stated that Nigeria remained the only country in Africa with lowest number of women representation in parliament in the just concluded 2019 general elections with only 5% positions given to women.
Speaking at the event, former director general of the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Betta Edu, appealed to the UN to support the state achieve greater primary health delivery.
She also called for assistance to achieve the drive for industrialization, water/sanitation and to make live meaningful to widows and those living in areas of forest reserved.
Edu urged the UN to assist state government in creating the right environment that will encourage investors.
Akpan Etukudoh Asare