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NGO wants government to invest in orphanages

19 December 2012, 12:03

Kuje - Mr Gabriel Oyekuta, Proprietor of Christ Foundation Orphanage on Tuesday in Kuje, FCT, advised government at all levels to invest in orphanages to address child abuse.

Oyekuta spoke at the annual children’s party organised by the orphanage.

He said that it was necessary to support Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) who were often exposed to molestation and rights infringement.

According to him, if OVC are kept in orphanages, it will guard against child hawking and kidnapping.

"The OVC as human beings have rights and also need special care and protection,’’ Oyekuta said.

He identified inadequate funds and lack of access to quality education and health facilities as some of the major challenges facing the management of private orphanages.

Oyekuta however observed that the Federal Government did not provide for OVC in its 2012 budget.

"Orphanage is a channel that can be used to protect the OVC from the dangers of child abuse and molestation.

"The children who are in the streets suffer molestation by hoodlums and also lack basic home training but if trained in orphanages, such abuses will be addressed.

"Governments should invest in homes through funding and creating the enabling environment for them," he added.

Oyekuta said that children at the home were abandoned babies and homeless children found in the streets.  

According to him, there are 72 orphans in the home made up of 32 males and 40 females, and that only two of them are above one year old.

Oyekuta said that 69 of them, aged between five and 20 years, were in primary and secondary schools, while only one was in the university.

NAN reports that the children’s party attracted many friends of the home.


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