A brand new report from Save the Children Worldwide has proven that 48% of women 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 women in northern Nigeria had been married by age 18.
It learn, “An estimated 44% of women in Nigeria are married earlier than their 18th birthday and the nation additionally data the 11th highest rate of kid marriage globally (UNICEF, 2013).
“Northern Nigeria (North East and North West) had 48 p.c of women married by age 15 whereas 78 p.c had been married by age 18. Aside from its penalties on fertility, well being, and wellbeing, little one marriage has far-reaching macroeconomic and sustainability penalties for Nigeria.”
In response to the report, little one marriages outcome within the enhance of start charges and inhabitants explosion, due to this fact undermining the federal government’s effort in sustainable improvement.
“As an final result of kid marriage; births enhance, and the inhabitants explosion undermines the federal government’s capacity to successfully plan and mobilize assets for sustainable improvement,” the report revealed.
It continued, “Apart from, little one marriage has nice unfavorable penalties on the schooling of the girl-child. That is so, as there’s a linkage between stage of schooling and marriage; linkage between little one marriage and adolescent sexual and reproductive well being problems, maternal; little one and neonatal well being; vitamin standing of kids; literacy charges amongst little one brides and former little one brides; and poverty and long-term financial progress.”