The United Nations and National Population Commission, on Thursday, in Abuja called on the Federal Government to ensure the provision of comprehensive sex education in schools to reduce the trend of teenage pregnancy in the country. While the UN said it was supporting
the government in the implementation
of basic education programme and the
Child Rights Act 2003, which
criminalizes child marriage, the NPC
noted that the “inclusion of sex education in the curriculum of
schools” would reduce adolescent
pregnancy.
The UN’s Resident Coordinator, Mr.
Daouda Toure, who was represented
by the Country Director of Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Dr.
Bilali Camara, said this during the
roundtable discussion in
commemoration of this year’s World
Population Day, with the theme:
“Adolescent pregnancy: Young people’s Access to information and
services.”
Toure said, “Complications from
pregnancy and childbirth can cause
grave disabilities, such as obstetric
fistula, which are the leading cause of death for these vulnerable women.
Adolescent girls also face high levels
of illness and death due to unsafe
abortion.
“To address these problems, we must
get girls into primary school and enable them to receive good
education through their adolescence.
When a girl is educated, she is more
likely to marry later, delay
childbearing until she is ready, have
healthier children and earn higher income.”
Also, the NPC Chairman, Chief Festus
Odimegwu, represented by the
Chairman of the commission’s
Technical Management Team, Dr.
Festus Uzor, assured that the commission would take the lead in
efforts to manage Nigeria’s population
for sustainable development.
He said, “In Nigeria, most teenagers
lack information and education on
reproductive health issues, particularly on the need to avoid pre-
marital sex, unwanted pregnancies
and seek counseling on reproductive
health services.”

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