The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) don tok say Nigeria b di second largest number of child brides for di whole world, with 23 million girls and women wey marry as pikin for di country, because of dat they com stop dia educational strive.
Mr Bhanu Pathak wey b Chief of Field Office (CFO) UNICEF Nigeria, Bauchi Field Office, Tok dis one for Bauchi on Saturday for di Youth Talk ceremony wey Dem organised for di commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of di Convention for di Rights of di Child (CRC).
“Plenti of Nigerian pikin and young pipo are being left behind, especially wen e reach education mata.
“Nigeria get di world’s highest number of pikin wey no dey school; more dan 10.5 million Nigerian pikin no dey go school.
“Nigeria also get di second largest number of pikin wey don marry for di world with 23 million girls and women wey dem marry as pikin, and as such, they com end dia education,” Pathak tok dis
E reiterated UNICEF’s resolve make dem foster a stronger partnership with di Nigerian govment for di federal and state levels for di realisation of children’s rights.
For im remarks, Mr Sagir Musa, di President, Youth Advocates For Education, Bauchi, Tok say di challenges of young pipo included high rate of unemployment, lack of basic life skills, drug abuse, political thuggery and illiteracy among odas
E commended di state government for collaborating with UNICEF, Bauchi Field Office, to organise such forum wey give young pipo di opportunity make dem have dia voices heard and take decisions on matas wey dey affect dia lives.
According to di News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), na di UNICEF and Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) organised di ceremony.
Di Youth Talk, which dey tagged ‘Di Nigeria We Want: Voices from Bauchi’, was sponsored by United Kingdom Department For International Development (DFID), join am participants from six states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Plateau and Taraba States.
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