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Umuada Ndi-Igbo in Diaspora joins in the campaign against the ambiguous section 29(4) of the Nigeria Constitution, a clause that recognizes women of less than 18 years old to be of full age thereby promoting and encouraging child marriage. Millions of girls in Nigeria are forced into marriage before they turn 15 years old. This is obviously a violation of the Child Right Act of 2003 and a total violation of the Human Right....

We are extremely concerned about the impact and consequences of child marriage on girl child such as the denial of childhood and adolescence, health problems, physical and sexual abuse, all of these and much more, have profound psychosocial and emotional consequences on girls. Therefore, we write to the Senate to let them know our stand on this issue and to make it known that Umuada in Diaspora will not relent until it is corrected.

Click on "Read more" for our letter to the Nigeria Senate President. You can read more about our fight against child marriage on Nigerian Vanguard Newspaper of August 13, 2013. Please visit our site often for more recent news.

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Ichie Chibuzo Onwuchekwe



Mr. Onwuchekwe holds a Bachelors of Science in Petroleum, and Natural Gas Engineering from the Texas A & M University in 1986, and has accomplished several courses in engineering; industry process, and operations.

As a licensed professional engineer, and a consultant, Ichie Onwuchekwe has practiced as an engineering professional for more than 23 years. He accumulated an enormous engineering experience while working for the State of Texas as permit and monitoring engineer. In this capacity, Mr. Onwuchekwe inspected, evaluated and wrote permits for refineries, and petrochemical plants for the State of Texas. The role also included evaluating, and permitting of refineries, and petrochemical plant process, expansions, and installation of new equipment.

In furtherance of a successful career in field of engineering, Mr. Onwuchekwe joined the Pan Handle Eastern Corporation. As a division engineer, with corporate responsibilities of more than 3,000 miles of natural gas transmission pipelines from the Gulf of Mexico through the USA MIDWEST and up to the USA NEW ENGLAND vicinity.

In 1993, Mr. ONWUCHEKWE established an environmental Engineering Comp. called Merit Environmental- an entire he has led as the president and Chief Executive Officer till date. Merit Environmental, licensed in the State Texas to provide engineering service. The state thus paraded a group of licensed professional engineers, and consulting services in the United States for more than 18 years. The company’s clients include government agencies, school districts, private companies and institutions of higher learning.

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