Sen. Nora Dadu’ut ( South) on Thursday inuagurated an Information Communications Technology (ICT) -library in Namu, Quanpan Local Government, Plateau, to boost learning and socio-economic development in the area.Dadu’ut said that the education “is the fulcrum on which development revolves” and hence the reason why she took it as one of critical areas she had given her attention to.The lawmaker stated that the centre was meant to assist in facilitating JAMB, WAEC and NECO registration and examinations.She said that it would serve as a portal for online lectures, business connections, studies and training.“This transformation has manifested itself as we can see in the growth and world wide expansion of business and social network.“It provides great opportunities for anyone connected to the internet to better their lives through networking, which may ordinarily not to be possible in their local environment.“It is no longer acceptable for anyone to be left behind by not being connected, or having access to the globalised world society.“This is because ICT provides opportunities in different strata of our lives; be it education, health, business, communication and social-economic activities,” he said.Dadu’ut commended the federal government through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for listening to yearnings of her constituents.The senator also commended Gov. Simon Lalong in meeting the aspirations of the people of Plateau, especially in the area of ICT development.Gov. Simon Lalong who was represented at the by Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Gyang Musa, said that ICT play a critical role in industrialization and sustainable economic development globally.The governor challenged the youth to take advantage of the great opportunity given to them to make good use of this facility to better their lives, advising them against indulging into social vices.The Chairman, Quan Pan Local Government, Mr Ernest Da’a, represented bySupervisory Councillor for Social Services, Mrs Rita Buba, said that the project was the first of its kind in the area.A director with Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs Ene Adikwu, said that initiative “is in tandem with UBEC mandate that all basic learners must acquire digital literacy.“UBEC has established 37 smart schools to ensure that our basic education learners benefit from ICT in line with global best practices”.Adikwu urged the community to thank the lawmaker for situating the centre in the community.(NAN)
The Senate, on Thursday, in plenary approved President Muhammadu Buhari's request for adjustments to the 2022 fiscal framework.
Approval followed consideration of a report from the Fice Committee.
The report was put up and presented by the Committee, Sen. Olamilekan Adeola.(APC – Lagos).
Consequently, the Senate approved Buhari's proposed $73 per barrel, including the approval of an oil production volume of 1.6 billion per day;
A Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) subsidy of N4 billion; and a cut in the provision for federally funded upstream projects being implemented from N352.80.
In approving an increase in independent federal government revenue of N400 billion, the Senate approved an additional provision of N182.4 billion to address the needs of the Nigerian Police Force.
Approved debt service provision of N76 130 million and net reductions in statutory transfers of N66 070 million.
A breakdown of the net reductions is as follows: NDDC, by N13.46 billion from N102.78 billion to N89.32 billion; NEDC, for N6.30 billion from N48.08 billion to N41.78 billion; and UBEC, for N23.16 billion from N112.29 billion to N89.13 billion.
Others are the Basic Medical Care Fund, for N11.58 billion from N56.14 billion to N44.56 billion; and NASENI, at N11.58 billion from N56.14 billion to N44.56 billion.
The chamber also approved a fiscal deficit of N7.35 trillion.
In her presentation, Adeola said that the total budget deficit was projected to increase by N965.42 billion to N7.35 trillion, which represents 3.99 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
According to him, the incremental deficit would be covered from the domestic market.
The lawmakers, who contributed to the report for the 2022 fiscal framework review, blamed Nigeria's economic downturn on oil theft.
Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi (APC – Ekiti) said that the federal government and security agencies had a duty to stop the theft of our common wealth.
He lamented that at a time when most countries in the world were reaping huge benefits from the crisis caused by rising oil prices, Nigeria was left out due to its inability to meet its OPEC quota.
Senate Leader Yahaya Abdullahi said the country should be in mourning over its current experience, attributing the failure of security agencies to protect oil assets as one of the main reasons for the economy's decline.
He expressed his concern about the increasing cases of oil theft despite the enormous resources allocated to the armed forces, the police and other security agencies.
Other senators, such as Gabriel Suswam (PDP Benue), Betty Apiafi (PDP Rivers), urged the Senate not to rush through the President's request to adjust the 2022 fiscal framework until certain questions are answered.
While Suswam expressed concern about the widening gap in the budget deficit and the federal government's decision to resort to Capital Market financing, Apiafi demanded responses from the NNPC and relevant agencies on solutions to curb crude oil theft. .
The president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, in his final comments, urged the Federal Government to take "radical" measures to stop the theft of crude oil.
He also called for stopping the import of refined oil products to the country, in order to reduce the expenses incurred in the process, as well as maximize profits from crude oil sales.
“This (raw theft) is not something to play politics with, and I don't think the answers are going to be easy to find.
“Radical decisions would have to be made, but before finding answers we have to live with this, although we have to be as quick as possible in the search for answers.
“I had a session with the Chief of Defense Staff about a month ago, and my conversations with him were about oil theft and the efforts of our security agencies to combat this threat.
“And as we know, our security agencies are doing the best they can, but we have people, our people, who are sabotaging the oil industry, because the theft of oil is not perpetrated but they are citizens.
“So we must continue to support the security agencies in any way possible so that they can deal with this.
“I also believe that, oil theft or not, until we stop importing refined products into Nigeria, we will never get the best out of the oil and gas industry.
“We should therefore work to ensure that we produce our refined products locally, because that is one way of reducing our import expenses.
“I also think diversification of the economy is key, because we are so dependent on this oil and gas industry, the slightest problem that affects it internationally seriously affects us at home,” Lawan said.
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The Senate, on Tuesday in plenary session, received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari to approve adjustments to the 2022 fiscal framework.
The request was contained in a letter dated April 5, read in plenary by Ahmad Lawan.
President Buhari, in the letter, explained that an adjustment to 2022 became imperative in view of new developments in both global and domestic economies.
Buhari said that the events were caused by the market price of crude oil, which were the consequences of the war between Russia and Ukraine.
“As you know, there have been new developments both in the global economy and in the national economy that have required the revision of the 2022 Fiscal Framework on which the 2022 Budget was based.
“These developments include spikes in the market price of crude oil, aggravated warfare, significantly lower oil production volume due primarily to production shutdowns as a result of massive theft of crude oil between production platforms and terminals.
"The decision to suspend the removal of the Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) subsidy at a time when high crude prices have raised the cost of the subsidy has significantly eroded government revenue," Buhari said.
Therefore, he asked the upper house to approve an increase in the oil reference by 11 dollars per barrel, from 62 dollars per barrel to 73 dollars per barrel.
The President also sought a reduction in projected oil production volume by 283,000 barrels per day, from 1.883 million barrels per day to 1.6 billion barrels per day.
It also sought Senate approval for an increase in the estimated provision for the PMS subsidy for 2022 by N3.557 billion, from N442.720 million to N4.00 billion.
Buhari emphasized the need for a cut in the provision for federally funded upstream projects being implemented, from N352.80 billion to N152.80 billion.
He proposed an increase in the projection of Independent Income from the Federal Government; and an additional provision of N182.45 billion to address the needs of the Nigerian Police Force.
“Based on the above adjustments, revenues from the Federation Account (common fund) for the three levels of government are projected to decrease by N2.418 trillion, while FGN's share of the Account (net of transfers to Federal Capital Territory and other statutory deductions) is projected to be reduced by N1.173 trillion”.
He said that the amount available to finance the federal budget was projected to decrease by N772.91 billion due to the increase in the projection of Independent Income (Remittances Operating Surplus).
He further explained that the aggregate expenditure is expected to increase by N192.52 billion, due to the increase in personnel costs by N161.4 billion and other broad service votes by N21.05 billion (both for the Police Force of Nigeria), additional domestic debt service provision of N76.13 billion, and net reductions in Legal Transfers of N66.07 billion.
Giving a breakdown, he said the net deductions would result in a cut of N13.46 billion from N102.78 billion to N89.32 billion for NDDC.
NEDC, at 6.30 billion from N48.08 billion to N41.78 billion; UBEC, for N23.16 billion from N112.29 billion to N89.13 billion; Basic Medical Care Fund, at N11.58 billion from N56.14 billion to N44.56 billion; and NASENI, at N11.58 billion from N56.14 billion to N44.56 billion.
The president noted that the total budget deficit is forecast to rise by N965.42 billion to N7.35 trillion, accounting for 3.99 percent of GDP.
According to him, the incremental deficit will be fixed in the domestic market.
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President Muhammadu Buhari has praised Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State for complementing the federal government's efforts in providing infrastructure in the state.
The president's spokesman, Femi Adesina, said in a statement that Buhari delivered the eulogy at a state dinner in his honor on Thursday.
The president, who is on a two-day official visit to the state, inaugurated the Lafia airport, the modern bus terminal, the vocational and skills acquisition center and the Shinge-Barkini Abdullahi-Kilema highway, executed the government.
The Federal Government projects inaugurated on the first day of his visit were the 330kva Electrical Substation and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) building in Lafia.
Buhari expressed satisfaction with the pace of development in the state and the quality of the inaugurated projects carried out by the state government.
”The last time I came here on February 6, 2019 was to request your support to vote for me, Ing. Abdullahi A. Sule as governor of this state and others under the political platform of the Congress of All Progressives with a clear ideology and genuine drive to secure our country, an ideology that has been embraced by the people of this state and indeed the country since 2015.
”I must say that Nasarawa state continues to be my political laboratory because I have been following the development gains that the APC administration has made in terms of security, education, infrastructure development as well as empowerment of youth and women.
“When we landed at Lafia airport, I made sure that we have a personality that is working according to the philosophy of our big political party, APC, and I have had the privilege of commissioning the airport to open. a view of the economic activities between the state, Nigeria and the outside world.
"The magnificent Lafia Bus Terminal, as well as the Skills and Vocations Acquisition Center and the road network that I also commissioned will go a long way in improving the economic status of the state and among our people," the president said.
He also told the people of Nasarawa state that the federal government had started other projects in the state, including a Federal Secretariat and 500 Federal Housing Units.
Other projects carried out include UBEC Smart School for the North Central area, the Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia-Makurdi dual carriageway, as well as the Oweto-Abagana bridge linking Nasarawa state with southeastern Nigeria.
The president announced that he would also inaugurate the Keffi neighborhood market and the Karu bus terminal on Friday before returning to Abuja.
“I sincerely commend the Governor for his foresight in ensuring economic growth through diversification.
"I take note of Nasarawa state's request for the seizure of Lafia airport, realizing the importance and associated benefits," he said.
Regarding peace and security, the president praised the governor for ensuring the maintenance of peace and harmonious coexistence of the various ethnic groups in the state.
Buhari said that the federal government had ensured the establishment of additional military and police units in the state with a view to providing adequate security for the people.
He listed them to include the Super Military Camps at Kenyehu and Udege in the Toto and Nasarawa Local Government Areas, 4 Special Forces in the Doma Local Government Area, the Ende-Hills Police Mobile Training School in the Nasarawa-Eggon Local Government and Operation Whirl Stroke.
Buhari praised the security agencies for their joint operations that dislodged the former Darul Salam sect around the Toto Local Government Area and combat readiness against recurring threats.
He assured Nigerians of his administration's commitment to stepping up efforts to secure lives and property.
“The insurgency in the northwest and parts of the center-north is being attacked with all its might. We will continue to cooperate with the affected states to meet the challenges head-on,” he added.
He urged Nigerians to support the administration, vowing that "we will not rest on our achievements, but will continue in our drive to secure, safeguard and develop Nigeria."
In his remarks, the governor congratulated the president on the management of the economy, citing the latest report from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), which shows that Nigeria's GDP expanded by 3.98% in the fourth quarter of 2021. .
“The growth indicators of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the official reports of listed companies and the agricultural revolution are unprecedented. GDP growth is now the highest since 2014. We salute your policies, Mr. President,” he said.
Sule, who described the state as relatively peaceful, thanked the president for the tremendous support in securing lives and property.
He also praised the president for appointing prominent sons and daughters of the state to various positions in federal establishments, including the National Population Commission, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NSCDC, the National Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Company, and the National Awards Committee.
The Governor, however, urged the Federal Government to complete the Kwandare-Abuja bypass, the University Teaching Hospital in Lafia and the extension of the railway lines from Abuja to Keffi, connecting with the main railway line at Guidi station.
President Muhammadu Buhari says that leaders who take the oath of office, swearing by the Holy Book, must be careful not to abuse the leadership's trust in them and in God.
Femi Adesina, a press assistant to the president, said in a statement that the president said this during a courtesy visit to the palace of the emir of Lafia, retired judge Sidi Muhammad 1, in Lafia, Nasarawa state, on Thursday.
According to the president, he has no intention of staying beyond the constitutionally recognized two terms as leader of Nigeria.
“The traditional ruler is on a terminal date. Constitutionally, we (elected public office holders) are not. I cannot go beyond two terms and I have sworn in the Koran that I will uphold the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Politics aside, whenever we are forced to swear to the Koran, we have to be very careful. We must make sure that we do not abuse the trust that God has given us as leaders.
“I have seen former governors here and I hope to become a former president as well,” he said.
Buhari thanked the people of Nasarawa state for an enthusiastic welcome and expressed satisfaction that the north-central state had a new look since his last visit in 2019.
He congratulated former Governor and Immediate Senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District, Umaru Al-Makura, and current Governor Abdullahi Sule for laudable initiatives and achievements in the state.
Welcoming the president to the more than 200-year-old palace, the Emir of Lafia thanked him for ending the problem of insufficient power in Nasarawa state with the provision of a 330 kVA substation.
The Emir, who is also the chairman of the Nasarawa State Chiefs Council, told the president that the provision of the power plant “has solved 80 percent of our problem.
“Our people have never had such a good time. Our people have returned to their normal lives as entrepreneurs.”
According to the traditional ruler, the projects of the Federal Government that in the past were “ghosts” in the state have now become a reality.
The retired jurist listed the newly opened CBN Building in Lafia, the Federal Secretariat, the UBEC Smart School, and completed Green projects, just to name a few.
Upon arrival in the capital for his two-day state visit to Nasarawa, Buhari inaugurated the Lafia Airport, the Skills and Vocations Acquisition Center, the Modern Bus Terminal and the Shinge-Barkini Abdullahi-Kilema highway, executed the government.
It also inaugurated the CBN Lafia branch building and a 330kva Akurba transmission substation run by the government through Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) to boost power supply in and around the state.
The Federal Government has begun the construction of 37 "intelligent schools" throughout the country to promote Information and Communication Technologies, ICT.
The Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education, UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, revealed that the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic led to the construction of 37 model smart schools.
Mr. Bobboyi pointed out that Smart Schools were designed in categories to promote the use of Information and Communication Technologies, ICTs, for teaching and learning.
He added that the project had an "estimated cost of N350,000 per school for the state model, while the Zonal model with more capacity and ICT infrastructure would cost 600 million to serve each of the six geopolitical zones of the country."
He explained that the smart schools were in the completion stages, adding that "the plan is that before the end of this year, most, if not all, will start academic activities."
Mr. Bobboyi explained that during the COVID-19 lockdown, students across the country were at home and unable to attend classes, adding that the ongoing project was a response to the new normal.
According to him, it is necessary to prepare for any situation that could disrupt the teaching and learning process.
He emphasized that digital and e-learning platforms provide opportunities for teachers and students without the constraints of time and space.
Bobboyi pointed out that the deployment of technology for teaching would significantly increase the quality of basic education.
“I am hopeful that the standard that we are setting together will be sustained and improved to meet the goals of the schools,” he said.
The UBEC chief thanked Governor Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa for approving the land for the project and also giving UBEC permission to organize the inauguration.
He also thanked the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for his efforts in transforming Nigeria's digital landscape and support.
The Kaduna state government has earmarked 14.8 billion naira in its 2022 budget for the provision of critical infrastructure in basic schools.
This is contained in the 2022 Budget of N278.6 billion promulgated by Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Wednesday, as obtained by the Nigerian Agency in Kaduna on Friday.
The document showed that N2.5 billion went to the provision of infrastructure for special education schools and N3.9 billion for the intervention fund of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) of 2022.
It also showed that N1.1 billion was allocated as a matching grant for UBEC 2021 intervention projects, while N3.8 billion was allocated for intervention in primary education development.
In addition, N2.9 billion represented the transfer of the UBEC counterpart grant projects of 2017, 2019 and 2020, N429 million for the infrastructure intervention in 10 schools and N126 million for the construction of two prototype blocks of classrooms.
The document further showed that N46.5 million was spent on expanding the existing school infrastructure to address overcrowding in six local government areas, namely Jema'a, Sanga, Igabi, Sabon Gari and Lere.
According to the budget details, N432.2 million will be spent on the acquisition of school equipment with N1.9 million earmarked for the acquisition of support materials and N2.5 million for teaching and learning materials.
It showed that 1.1 million naira would be spent on acquiring sports and skills supplies, and 74.1 million naira on the provision of scientific and laboratory equipment for secondary schools.
In addition, 22.8 million naira was allocated for the provision of first aid kits for junior secondary schools, 181.4 million naira for the purchase of textbooks for pupils and teachers, and 2.9 million naira for the supply of office equipment.
Other procurement allocations are N28.3 million for the provision of an environmental and social safeguard system, and N117.2 million for the supply of school support materials to new students.
Similarly, naira 1.23 million would be spent on various monitoring and evaluation activities, naira 628.6 million on teacher professional development and capacity-building training programs, and naira 630.8 million on school feeding in primary and secondary schools.
The document also showed that N495.4 million would be spent on out-of-school intervention and mapping of children, while N22.1 million would be spent on awareness raising to decrease the number of children out of school.
In addition, it showed that N43.7 million went to school support visit coaches, N12.6 million to conduct impact evaluations, N12.9 million to conduct the 2020/2021 annual school census.
The development of the State Strategic Plan for Basic Education 2020 to 2023 obtained N3.8 million, the e-learning program N91 million and N63.5 million for the awareness of the School Management Committees.
Community Awareness for Enrollment under the Support of the World Bank for Improving the Delivery of Educational Services for All (BESDA) earned N6.9 million, while N225.1 was allocated for the follow-up visit.
reports that a total of 19.5 billion naira was allocated to the board, representing 6.98 percent of the total budget size of 278.6 billion.
Of the 19.5 billion naira, 18.8 billion naira was allocated for capital expenditures, while 650.5 was allocated for recurring expenses.
The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank, IsDB, approved a $ 98 million multi-year financial facility program for the promotion of bilingual education in Nigeria.
This is contained in a statement issued by David Apeh, Chief, Public Relations and Protocol, Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC.
The commission said the program was for the period 2012 to 2015.
The project aims to contribute to the improvement of the socioeconomic status of Nigeria, ensuring inclusive education and promoting bilingual education.
The commission said that Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger Osun are states destined to benefit from the project.
UBEC said the main components of the project are creating access to basic education, improving quality and improving the managerial capacity of school administrators.
The commission said 30 bilingual education boarding schools would be built in beneficiary states to increase enrollment and reduce out-of-school syndrome, among other things.
The project is being coordinated at the national level by the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, National Coordinating Unit, NCU, with supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education and the Federal Ministry of Finance.
NAN also reports that the NCU has already hired consultants to design, review and supervise the civil works of the projects and has also hired the services of a Monitoring and Evaluation consultant.
UBEC Executive Secretary Dr. Hamid Bobboyi revealed that the project was a loan and that every effort should be made to ensure effective implementation and prudent management.
The Federal Government has initiated the disbursement of support funds from the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, to improve the quality of basic education in 1,147 schools in communities throughout the country.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the signage labeled, "Northern Phase of the 2019 School Management Committee-School Improvement Program (SBMC-SIP) and disbursement of the UBEC support fund," was carried out in Gombe on Monday. .
Education Minister Adamu Adamu said the effort was to improve the quality of basic education to contribute to national development.
Mr. Adamu, represented by the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said that the UBEC program was community-based and stakeholder-driven, requiring a collective approach for its successful implementation.
He said that SBMC-SIP was started to provide financial support to communities in the planning, execution and ownership of priority projects for the delivery of basic education in their schools.
This, according to the minister, placed grassroots stakeholders in a privileged position to improve schools, as they are empowered to lead the process of positive change and responsibility in the provision of educational services.
He noted that stakeholders at the community level remain vital in the delivery of basic education because they are "the owners of the universal basic education institutions domiciled in their domains."
"Recent world events have reawakened the need to improve governance and accountability in the education sector through decentralization and the appropriate devolution of responsibilities to structures and groups closest to schools," he said.
Earlier, Hamid Bobboyi, Executive Secretary of UBEC, said that the event was a deliberate community engagement aimed at establishing a results-oriented mechanism for the delivery of quality basic education in Nigeria, through the SBMC.
Bobboyi said that the SBMC-SIP intervention had ensured the implementation of more than 2,442 projects, using the SBMC-SIP 2017/2018 fund.
“I am pleased to announce that for the 2019 SBMC-SIP, 1,147 communities will benefit from the fund, ranging from special grants of five million naira to macro and micro grants of N2.5 million and N250,000 respectively.
"Stakeholders in the 1,147 schools and communities listed above have committed to providing no less than 10 percent of UBEC's contribution as counterpart funding for the smooth implementation of all projects designated for 2019," he said.
The executive secretary said that education for all was everyone's responsibility and called on stakeholders to safeguard the future and the integrity of the nation by supporting SBMC-SIP.
For his part, Governor Inuwa Yahaya said that the SBMC-SIP intervention was timely as it complemented the state's efforts to renew education.
Represented by his deputy, Manassah Jatau, Yahaya said that education remains a powerful tool to achieve the development of society.
“Education is the best tool we can use to improve what we do, how we do it, and how we engage stakeholders in the services we provide.
Based on the reality that no nation can exceed the quality of its education, Governor Yahaya's administration declared a state of emergency in education to reposition it for the delivery of an improved education.
Save the Children International, SCI, the world’s leading independent organisation for children, on Thursday said that a staggering 78 per cent of girls in northern Nigeria get married before the age of 18.
The report, titled “State of the Nigerian Girl Report: An Incisive Diagnosis of Child Marriage”, and launched in Abuja by the SCI, revealed that child marriage is more prevalent in the North West and North East of Nigeria.
It said that 48 per cent of girls get married by age 15 and 78 per cent by age 18.
The report further stated that this has made Nigeria one of the countries with the highest rates of child marriage globally.
“The Report explains the current and prevailing socio-cultural norms and practices in Nigeria around child marriage to capture the approximate state of Nigerian girls.
“The report brings to the fore the dire state of the Nigerian girl child at the national level, its negative impact on education and empowerment.
“It also brings to light evidence-based gaps in socio-cultural beliefs and systems, and provides recommendations for moving forward to addressing these gaps in child marriage in Nigeria.
“The percentage of people aged 20-49 years who were first married or in a relationship before age 18 for women is 44.1 per cent while men accounted for 6 per cent.”
According to the report, the percentage of young people aged 15-19 years who are currently married or in a relationship for women is 22.2 per cent while no man is in such a union.
It added that the percentage of people from 15-49 years who are in a polygamous union for women is 36.9 per cent while men account for 18.7 per cent.
“This is proof that Early Child Marriage affects quite a large number of women and girls,’ the report says.
It added that evidence showed that there is a clear and strong link between Child Early Forced Marriage, CEFM, prevalence and endemic poverty and poor education outcomes.
Other links to CEFM included school dropout rates, a high rate of out-of-school children, and poor access to basic social, economic and healthcare services.
The report said that in spite of the compulsory Free and Universal Basic Education, UBEC, Act of 2004, lack of access to quality, free, safe, uninterrupted and inclusive education for girls remain a big driver of child marriage.
The report also disclosed that: “In Borno, 89.13 per cent of women, aged between 15 and 49, were first married before age 15 and 59 per cent of them had no education whatsoever.
It added that 42 per cent of them had some level of primary school education and 100 per cent had no secondary school education.
It explained that among women who were in a marital relationship or union, 46 per cent had spouses who were older than them by 10 years or more.
The report said that in Jigawa, 78 per cent of women, aged 20-49, were first married before age 18 while 25 per cent of women, aged 15-19, are currently married or in a union and 63 per cent of women dropped out of school to marry.
It said that only 8 per cent of women who married before the age 18 are gainfully employed and earned above the NBS 2020 national poverty line.
It added that 65 per cent of fathers, mothers and mothers-in-law approve of early and forced child marriage.
The report said that various cultural, traditional and social practices encouraged gender-discriminatory norms against girls and women.
It stated that negative social norms condition parents and girls to accept child marriage as a normal way of life to come out of poverty.
“For instance, across Nigeria, sons-in-law expect to accept the siblings of their bride as members of his new household for economic maintenance and upbringing.
“Cash and other gifts for fathers-in-law and mothers-in-law are regularly expected from the son-in-law,” the report discovers.
The report therefore recommended that the Federal Government should enact a constitutional provision that prohibits early marriage to strengthen the Child Rights Act and harmonise all related legislations and policies relevant to prevent child marriage.
It called for the enforcement of the universal basic education UBE Act 2004 and for the three tiers of government to to make budgetary provisions for the education of the girl-child up to senior secondary school level.
It also called for the establishment of a Nigeria child marriage survivors trust fund, scale up enrolment of girls in school, increase community awareness, implement existing laws among others.
According to the Country Director, SCI Nigeria, Mercy Gichuhi, Child Early Forced Marriage, CEFM, is a human rights violation and a form of gender-based violence, GBV.
Gichuhi said that CEFM robs children of their ability to make decisions about their lives, disrupts their education, subjects them to become more vulnerable to violence and discrimination, and prevent their full participation in economic, political, and social spheres.
“Save the Children calls for the provision and the full implementation of policies and strategies to end child marriage.
“Therefore, the government at all levels should prioritise the passage into law of the Child Rights Act (2003) to provide children with the necessary legal policy framework for seeking justice when their rights are denied or abused.
Diginitries from all stakeholders, including representatives of state governments, traditional rulers and officials of the Ministry of Health and Women Affairs were present.