High rate of child marriage in Saboba

Saboba District of the Northern Region has one of the highest rates of child marriages in Ghana, according to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

Between 2013 and 2014, the Commission says, the District recorded 29 child marriage cases and from January to June 2015, the district has already recorded 11 cases of child marriage.

According to the Saboba District Director of CHRAJ, Moses Moacheni, the situation is very worrying and needs to be discouraged.

Northern Ghana has been identified as the area with prevalence in child marriage as a result of poverty.

As a result, several non-governmental organizations are there trying to reduce the cases at least to its barest minimum.

Government through the Social Welfare Department is also reaching out to victims who want to return to mainstream life.

Thirteen-year-old Nimotimi Diana from Kunjiib, a village in the Saboba District, was nearly given out for marriage by her septuagenarian father.

Her suitor was 65 years.

She was, however, rescued by a female pastor based in Saboba.

Nimotimi’s father has threatened to harm the female pastor for taking away his daughter.

The attention of the police has been drawn to this but they have been unable to arrest the old man as a result of the location of Kunjib, a village two rivers away from town.

Nimotimi is doing well at the Sababa DA Primary School and she is now in Primary 6.

The head teacher of the school said his outfit is very happy to have such a girl in the school and has thanked World Vision Ghana and the Social Welfare Department for sending her back to school.

The Saboba District Social Welfare Officer, Anthony Dery said more resources are needed to fight such social issues

District CHRAJ director Moacheni applauded the collaboration between state agencies and NGOs, saying more of such is needed in order to fight human rights issues in the district.

The Saboba Area Development Program Manager of World Vision Ghana, Frank Twum, outlined some of the human rights projects his outfit is carrying out in the district.

He cited the reduction in child marriages and increasing girl child education as some of the projects.

He called for government support.

By Rabiu Tanko Mohammed & Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com/ Saboba|Ghana

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