By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
The Galadima of Muri, Alhaji Tukur Abba Tukur on Sunday advocated a law to make secondary education a mandatory requirement for marriage by a girl-child in Nigeria.
Tukur made the call in Jalingo when the State Universal Basic Board in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) led 100 youths they trained on safe and quality education for every child to his palace on a courtesy visit.
The Chief noted that when enacted, such a law would help in no small measure in tackling child marriage which is inimical to the women’s health in the country.
According to him, this would be possible if government all levels make primary and secondary education free and compulsory for all Nigerian children.
“Government should endeavour to declare primary and secondary education education in the country free and compulsory especially for the girl child,” he said.
Tukur called for serious penalty for teachers and university lecturers who harass female students sexually so that it would encourage the parents to send their girl children to school.
“It is only when parents are given the confidence that their female children are in safe hands while in schools that they would willingly enrol them in schools,” he noted.
Earlier, Mrs Kerkebe Ibrahim, the team leader told the chief that they were in his palace to seek his support for a safe and quality education for all children in the especially the girl child.
Ibrahim explained that 100 youths in the state had undergone training for three days on safe and quality education to help in carrying out advocacy to ensure success.