Some minors in Adamawa State have asked the house of assembly to enact a law for the protection of underage girls from being given out for early marriage
The child rights protection bill being asked for will stop parents from giving them out for marriage until they complete secondary school.
This is just as the girls called for legislations for the prohibition of early marriage in the state.
Representative of the underage girls, Amira Abdullahi, a 13-year-old JSS 3 student made the call at the assembly on the occasion of this year’s International Day of the Girl Child.
Amira pleaded with the assembly to give the ‘Child Protection Bill’ a speedy passage since it has scaled through first reading at the hallowed chamber.
She further appealed to the assembly to ensure that girls are protected from cases of rape and other forms of gender-based violence and child abuse.
The students at the occasion also commended the assembly for passing the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) (VAPP), Law and other education-friendly laws.
Responding, the Speaker of the assembly, Rt. Hon. Aminu Iya-Abbas, congratulated the girls on the occasion of the 2021 International Day of the Girl Child, and pledged to pass other bills relating to the girl child’s overall wellbeing.