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Niger community blames child marriage on absence of school

Enyioha Opara, Minna

Residents of Lifari Village in the Mashegu Local Government Area of Niger State have complained about lack of basic amenities in their community which they said had made life difficult for them.

Parents in the community said they are usually forced to give out their teenage daughters to willing suitors as the community has no school.

It was also gathered that the village has no potable water, electricity, roads and hospital.

A villager, Samaila Lifari, said the community had not benefited anything from government since the creation of Niger State.

Lifari, who is the father of a 14-year-old wife that recently murdered her husband, said had there been a school in the community, he would not have given out his daughter in marriage at such a young age.

He said, “Since the creation of Niger State, no school was built here except eight years ago when the last administration built one which is about three hours’ walk from here.

“If there were schools in Lifari, my daughter wouldn’t have been married at the age of 14 when all her mates are in school learning. In this village, we don’t even have a hospital, good water to drink, good roads and electricity.”

The State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, said the present administration inherited a lot of rot from its predecessor and promised that “the government will do everything possible to ameliorate the sufferings of Lifari residents.”

Vatsa said the chairman of the council and the councillor representing Lifari Village in the Mashegu Local Government Area would brief the government on the challenges being faced by the community.

               

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