Gombe State Deputy Governor Dr Manassah Jatau on Wednesday lamented the increase in child marriage cases in the community of Konfulata, in the local government area of Kwami, state.
Jatau noted with dismay the increasing rate of teenage pregnancies, which he said had become endemic in the community.
He spoke while welcoming the leaders of the Gadam community who had come to request an access road as well as during a thank-you visit after the closure of UNICEF, the Chinese government’s support for 10 establishments in primary health care in the region.
According to him, UNICEF and the Chinese government have pledged to consider continuing the project after registering great achievements and positive responses and support from the people of the affected areas.
The deputy governor took the opportunity to voice his concerns about early marriages and teenage pregnancies.
He said: “An early marriage and pregnancy was noticed during the visit to Konfulata recently.
“As we try to provide health care, we have to be careful not to allow things that endanger people’s lives. ”
Jatau informed them that most of their demands were already part of their plans and had already been filed with the governor. He assured them of positive responses.
He praised the Gadam Community Development Association’s skills training program for their youth and women, noting that it would greatly complement the government’s efforts in youth empowerment.
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