Kogi State commissioner for Women affairs and Social Development, Mrs Bolanle Amupitan has expressed worry over the high rate of abandoned children in the motherless babies homes across the state. The commissioner stated this Thursday in Lokoja, adding that over seven hundred babies in 18 registered orphanage homes in the state.
to her, the figures became worrisome as those who brought those
babies are often reluctant to give them up for adoption, yet does not
bother about their existence after dumping them at the homes.
however said the state government has given a directive that
relatives who bring babies to any orphanage homes must make a monthly
visitation to the homes, and agreed that after two years, such babies
will be given to foster parents if their relations are not willing to
take them out.
to this government, child abandonment was at an alarming rate in the
state with the activities of the motherless babies' homes greatly
uncoordinated. But our involvement in the coordinating and monitoring
management of all homes across the 21 local government shows that
their are 361 males and 345 females children in 18 registered
orphanage homes in the state. This is worrisome.
are situations when relatives of abandoned baby will only show up
fourteen years after, asking for their wards back. What happened in
all those years, is not their concern.
said the state has made available some educational materials giving
out to children at the orphanage homes, said the state government is
at the verge of comp!eating its own Modern Orphanage school and
employ special health caregiver to cater for the abandoned children.
also said the first lady, Mrs Rashifda Bello has agreed to undertake
the renovation of the School of Handicap in Lokoja; where those
children will be attended to pending the completion of the modern