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Intrigues As Reps Withdraw Motion Condemning Teenage Pregnancy

Posted: Oct 6, 2015 at 9:40 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Rotimi Akinwumi, Abuja.
 A motion seeking to condemn the rampant under-aged and  teenage pregnancy in the country was unceremoniously withdrawn from the floor of House of Representatives Tuesday October 6.
Hon. Odebunmi Olusegun Dokun who sponsored the motion, requested for its withdrawal at the last minutes when it was to be considered by the parliament  without giving any tangible reason.
Checks by Daily Independent revelled that Dokun was pressured into withdrawing the motion because some members who had teenagers at home as wives were not comfortable with the letters and aims  of the motion.
In accordance with the House Rules, motion can be withdrawn by a sponsor or group of sponsors after certain consideration(s) and a leave of the House  sought to do so accordingly.
According to the details and prayer of the withdrawn motion, Hon. Dokun had noted that teenagers are individuals below the age of 20 years and are therefore expected to be under the guide and protection of their parents.
“The rate at which under-aged and teenage girls are getting pregnant and being abandoned as a result by both the men responsible for the pregnancies as well as the families of the girls, thus leaving them to struggle on their own for survival, which is in violation of various sections of the Child’s Rights Act 2003,” he added in the motion.
He also pointed out that if measures are not taken to protect the under-aged and teenage girls from people he described as “unscrupulous men” and agents such as “baby factory” operators, more would be exploited and their future destroyed.
But save for the withdrawal of the motion, the prayer attached to the motion sought a resolution  of the House  to mandate its Standing Committees on Information and National Orientation; and that of Women Affairs (when constituted) to liaise with the relevant authorities with a view to putting in place measures aimed at curbing the menace as well as ensure compliance with the provisions of the Child’s Rights Act.