We ‘ll Curb Child Marriage ,Boost Girl Child Education Says Tallen

The Minister of Women Affairs and
Social Development, Dame Pauline
Tallen, says the solution to reducing
early marriage of Nigerian girls is to
ensure they go to school.
Dame Tallen was speaking in an
interview with Journalists, in Jos,
Plateau State.
According to the minister, President
Buhari’s administration has made
elementary education free and
compulsory for Nigerian children,
particularly for the girl child.
She said, “The Ministry of Women
Affairs and Social Development is
sponsoring a bill at the National
Assembly to ban early marriage
among Nigerian girls, the bill shall also
seek for the stoppage of violence
against women and the girl child.”
“Even before my coming on board as
the Minister of Women Affairs, primary
and secondary education has been
made free and compulsory; no child is
expected to stay out of school.
The former Deputy Governor who
explained that early marriage was
common among illiterate parents and
girls, said that, “No girl child is
expected to get married before
completing her secondary education,
that means no girl child should marry
before the age of 18 years.
Tallen complained that early marriage
of the girl child was one of the major
challenges confronting the social well-
being of womanhood in Nigeria.
Speaking on the plight of widows, the
Minister who is also a widow lamented
that harmful traditional practices in
some parts of the country have
compounded the plight of widows.
According to her, “Here in Nigeria,
some traditional practices do not allow
a widow to inherit property of her late
husband, thereby making her
vulnerable to every challenge.
On the persistent cases of rape, Tallen
who described rape as the worse
violence against women called on
communities and families to keep a
close watch on their female folk.
Speaking about women’s involvement
in the political processes in the
country, the Minister said, “We have
already started mentoring women
towards the next general elections
because we believe in early

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