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Govt to stop underaged girls from lodging in hotel





By Peters Monday, Abuja


Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Ohaneye, has announced that the Federal Government will no longer allow hotels to lodge underage girls, as part of efforts to combat human trafficking.


This comes after a viral video showed Nigerian girls aged 15-16 being trafficked to Ghana for prostitution.


The Minister also pledged to stop hospitals from rejecting emergency patients. At a graduation ceremony for youth who completed technical and vocational training, Ohaneye announced that hotels will be required to display a sign indicating no lodging of underage girls starting from June 20.


Furthermore, hospitals will be required to display a sign indicating no rejection of emergency patients. The event also saw the presentation of grants to 120 winners of a business plan competition, with each recipient receiving N500,000. The program aimed to support youth in acquiring skills and starting businesses.