Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has advocated the development of an action plan to end child marriage and other harmful practices against women and the girl child.
The centre, led by Socio-Economic Rights Activist, Mr Eze Onyekpere made the call in Abuja while presenting the reports on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in five states.
According to Mr Onyekpere, the reports which covered Sokoto, Lagos, Ebonyi, Adamawa and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) showed that there was also need for inter-agency collaboration to tackle harmful practices against women and children.
While presenting the report on Adamawa state, a programme officer with CSJ, Mr Fidelis Onyejegbu said 44% of girls marry before the age of 18 in the state, a situation he said was worrisome.
On Ebonyi state, Mr Onyejegbu said although the state had relevant laws, implementation was still a huge problem as 16% of girls still marry before they turn 18 years.
The study was sponsored by the United Nations Spotlight Initiative in collaboration with the European Union.