By Henry Okonkwo
Chief of Staff to Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, Mr Muhammad Abdullahi, has said that over 38 per cent of girls in Soba Local Government Area of the state get married before the age of 15.
Abdullahi disclosed this in Kaduna on Wednesday during the official launch of the 2021 World Population Report by the United Nations Population Fund in collaboration with the Planning and Budget Commission.
He said that the findings were based on the current General Households Survey conducted by the state’s Bureau of Statistics, and currently being validated by relevant stakeholders.
According to him, the survey also showed that over 30 per cent of girls in Kubau and Kudan local government areas were also married before they turned 15 years old.
He said that at the zonal level, over 32 per cent of girls were married off before age 15 in Kaduna North Senatorial Zone, 15 per cent in Kaduna Central and 17 per cent in Kaduna South.
Abdullahi added that the survey equally showed that 49 per cent prevalence of female genital mutilation in Makarfi LGA and 34 per cent in Giwa LGA.
He also said that 73 per cent of women in Birnin Gwari LGA and 0.4 per cent in Zaria LGA said that it was okay for a man to beat a woman.
“Therefore, for us in Kaduna State, the 2021 State of the World Population Report is timely and will help us look deeply into these disturbing statistics,” he said.