National Council of Catholic Women Organisation, NCCWO has warned that husbands may be scarce by 2023.
The group raised the alarm against the drop of formal education of male-child, noting that it may have an adverse effect on the society in the near future.
In the next decade, the group fears there would be scarcity of quality husbands in Nigeria, as more boys drop out of school.
National President of the group, Chief Felicia Onyeabo while speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, said: “The future of this country is going to be very bleak for the male-child. How many girls do you see hawking clothes? Go to Onitsha, they are all men. We have looked round and have come to see that there is a neglect of boys in education. Who are the armed robbers on the streets? They are mostly the boys. Let us concentrate on training the boys.”
“The NCCWO feels that a vacuum is being created, and very soon, we shall be faced with a situation where our educated girl-child will not find a corresponding suitable boy-child to marry. This is because more boys drop out of school, apparently because the high rate of unemployed youth discourages our young boys from appreciating the need to be educated.”
According to the group, “In the near future, quality husbands will become extremely scarce, with too many highly educated women looking for husbands, and settling for any type of husbands, just to get married. The result of this type of situation is better imagined and will not augur well for Nigerians.”