Thursday, 22 June 2017

700 children abandoned in orphanage homes in Kogi - Govt

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.
According 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.
She 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.
"Prior 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.

"There 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.
"We have a directive now that relatives must visit their wards at least once a month, and agreed that if such baby is not taken back by them within two years, such will be giving out to willing Forster parents. We are making efforts to back that up by law."
Amupitan 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.

She 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 schools.

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