AUSTIN OYIBODE, EDITOR
Wife of Delta state governor, Dame Edith Okowa, has warned orphanage homes to desist from selling children against the procedure for child adoption, saying homes that are engaged in such acts, the hands of the law will catch up with them.
Okowa’s wife said there are orphanage homes that are involved in such unholy attitude, noting that God in heaven is seeing all the evils being perpetuated by such homes anywhere they find themselves.
She said: “Those caregivers that are selling children, please, stop it, God is seeing you in heaven. Yes, some are doing it. You know yourselves. If you do not stop, police will enter the matter. However, some of you are doing well, please, continue to do well.”
Dame Okowa, who was speaking during the celebration of the 2019 world orphanage day by 05 initiative at government house Asaba, also frowned at situations where 70 years old men defile under-age children, saying it is abnormal and God is demanding for change from those people involved in such criminal acts.
The governor’s wife who is passionate over the welfare of the orphans, had held world orphans’ day for the past four years and had continuously called on all well-meaning Nigerians to join hand to find a means of livelihood for orphans in society.
She said the present world is full of evil but she implored all Nigerians to join the train and help the vulnerable children, insisting that every child needed protection and guidance, hence everyone should be concerned over the welfare of children, most especially orphans.
According to her: “Every child that comes across your way is your child,” adding that there are 42 orphanage homes in the state and five families the 05 initiative has adopted, in addition to five quintuplets which the initiative is regularly providing for, especially food and basic amenities.
She said the celebration which is billed for every second Monday in November to raise awareness of the plight of orphans and to re-evaluate the way “we treat the children around us especially the ones that are not our biological children. These are children who have lost their parents under extreme circumstances making them vulnerable to the vices in society.”
She said: “Every child has a right to protection and is entitled to a complete and fulfilled life. But my heart bleeds each time I see parents especially mothers maltreating their domestic staff. We gather here annually not for show but to talk to ourselves on ways to add value to the lives of these children.”
She commended the caregivers whom she said have created atmosphere of love for many children, just as she urged them to continue in the show of kindness as God would not forget their labour for the welfare of the less privileged children.
Director-General of the 05 Initiative, Mrs. Oghenekevwe Agas, said the United Nations set aside the world orphans day to care for vulnerable children, especially orphans and others.
She said the day was set aside to give attention to the plight of orphans, noting that “if each of us in our sphere of responsibility pay attention to the plight of children, our society will be a better place for all.”
Others who spoke were Reverend Chuks Anizor, Reverend Canon Kingsley Dieli the coordinator of St. Barnabas Orphanage.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of food items to all the 42 orphanage homes who were invited from the domains across the state.