13-year-old girl leads call for legislation against underage marriage in Adamawa
Minors in Adamawa State have advocated for the protection of underage females from early weddings through the passage of a child rights protection bill, which prohibits parents from giving their children away for marriage until they have completed secondary school.
This is similar to the girls’ request for legislation to prevent early marriage in the state.
Amira Abdullahi, a 13-year-old JSS 3 student at the Government Day Junior Secondary School, Luggere, in Yola North Local Government Area, made the request at the assembly on the occasion of this year’s International Day of the Girl Child.
Amira pleaded with the assembly to expedite the passage of the ‘Child Protection Bill’ after it passed first reading in the hallowed chamber, adding that the enactment of the ‘Early Marriage Prohibition Bill’ will help to prevent parents in the state from giving their underage daughters out for early marriage.
She also urged the assembly to take steps to safeguard girls from rape and other types of gender-based violence and child abuse.
The kids also applauded the assembly for approving the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) (VAPP) Law and other education-friendly policies capable of improving the state’s education system and standards.
Responding, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Aminu Iya-Abbas, congratulated the girls on the 2021 International Day of the Girl Child and reaffirmed the assembly’s preparedness to enact the outstanding laws affecting the girl child’s overall well-being.
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