FCTA warns against abuse of Orphans

By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

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The Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, says there is no going back on its fight against child trafficking and other inhuman activities that will portray the territory in a bad light.

The Acting Secretary, FCT Social Development Secretariat, SDS, Safiya Umar stated this when she visited FCT Unity Children’s Home, Gwako under Gwagwalada Area Council.

She said the secretariat was not against individuals setting up orphanages in the capital, but Safiya explained that the administration was concerned with the operations that would be within the confines of the law.

According to her, ”the visit was to compare notes with what some individuals were alleging against the home in Gwako.”

“FCTA is committed to the welfare of orphans and vulnerable, so the report that says after evacuation of children from Jiwa to Gwako, nothing serious has been done is false.

“The children under our care are safe, they enjoy education, good feeding and other things that can make them happy. All Nigerian hands should be on deck, wherever you are coming from, which ever state, FCT Unity Children’s Home is a melting pot.

“Children either abandoned by their suspected parents, those picked by security agencies or beggars on the street, every child of the 36 states is here, so nobody should feel restrained or sentimental in helping the unity school/ home,” she said.

The Acting Secretary said some reports that were fronted by human rights lawyers accusing the secretariat of not doing well was misleading.

She urged individuals with good hearts to evolve measures that would assist the government in caring for the children, saying FCTA is ”doing well but needs support from well to do Nigerians.”

On her part, the Director gender, Social Development Secretariat, Agnes Hart, said the unity home presently has one hundred and twenty children, comprising boys and girls in separate hostels.

”The child’s right act as it is, at the expiration of the three months, the child becomes eligible for fostering. Every child deserves to have a home of his or her own,” she said.

The director who said there was enough food items for the children both at the unity home and the secretariat, took Journalists round the facilities as well as the food stores.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere