EKITI FIDA DECRIES ALARMING RATE OF EARLY MARRIAGE

By Gbenga Olaniyi

As the world marks the International Day for the Girl Child, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), on Sunday , decried the alarming number of
Child marriage in Nigeria.

Chairperson of FIDA, Ekiti Chapter, Mrs Odunayo Oluwatoyin disclosed this during an interview with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti to mark the day.

The theme for this year’s Day is, “My voice, our equal rights”.

Mrs Odunayo expressed worry at the rate at which girls forced to drop out of school and force into early marriage against their will.

She added that Non-compliance with forced marriages by girls results in their being maltreated by parents and other family members.

“We have many cases of forced marriages to the extent that girls of less than 18years are being forced into child marriage against their will.

” I also want to admonish the people out there to give our girls child voice in the society, they should be allowed to express their opinion”

“Their rights should not be infringed upon. They should not be forced to early marriage. And they should not be deprived as a result of their gender.
Our girls should be focused, consistent and be assertive when taking decisions.

“Our Daughters are special. Pay attention and listen to them, properly equip, support and enable them to be the best that they can be.” she stressed.

The FIDA celebrated the girl child day for some girl-child at the Fajuyi Memorial park with a lot of exciting moment such as bouncing castle, spelling competition, swimming and so on.

Some of the Girl-child appreciated FIDA for celebrating them, saying they would make their voices heard in the society.