Abuja - The Imo State government said it was
addressing anomalies around child adoption in an effort to combat trafficking
Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, pledged the government’s
commitment following the inauguration of a ten-member Committee on Modification
of Child Adoption Procedure earlier this week.
Madumere stated the charge of the committee was to prevent
all the irresponsible fall-outs and ensure that couples who are genuinely in
need of children to adopt were identified, properly screened and served.
He disclosed that setting up of the committee was as a
result of petitions and complaints about staggering irregularities observed by
the public in the process of child adoption to the state.
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He said the complaints were more worrisome following the
global trend of child trafficking and other related problems associated with
human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
Madumere said the inauguration of the Committee on
Modification of Child Adoption Procedure was aimed at ensuring the security and
safety of the children who were involved in the transaction and to ensure
unscrupulous elements involved in the threat were checked, apprehended and
brought to book.
He regretted the emergence of make-shift homes where
unlicensed medical personnel assembled young girls and encouraged them to get
pregnant for a prize and bear children who would be eventually sold for
Chairman of the Committee, Bishop Stanford
Nwogu, accepting the appointment on behalf of his members, said the officials
appreciated the Imo administration for finding them worthy to serve the state
especially to deliver on such a sensitive responsibility.
- CAJ News