Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Abandoned babies: Culprits to provide children’s upkeep - FCTA

The Social Development Secretariat, SDS, of the FCTA has said it will soon roll out a mechanism to address the incessant and alarming rate of child abandonment in the territory.

According to the Acting Secretary of the SDS, Dr. Safiya Umar, the Administration will be getting culprit involved in the upkeep of their children abandoned across the nooks and crannies of Abuja.

Dr. Umar, who stated this when taking delivery of yet another male child abandoned in Sauka, along Airport road, noted that the increased cases of abandoned babies is becoming worrisome and very disturbing to the FCTA.

In her words, “We shall apprehend these category of culprits, those that require rehabilitation will receive same while others will be compelled to assume some level of responsibility in the upkeep of the Child with government. Those that have the means to cater for the child but chose to abandon will not be taught how to be responsible.”

The latest delivery makes it a total of four children that have been brought to the secretariat under two weeks.

Only last week the secretariat took delivery of two babies, a female and male, that were found and brought to the secretariat by good Samaritans at different times.

The babies have since been named for identification purposes after the FCT Minister of State, Hajia Ramatu Aliyu and the FCT Perm Secretary, Sir Christian Ohaa, respectively.

Similarly, a male child that was abandoned at the Kubwa General Hospital, was symbolically christened baby Muhammad Bello by the FCT Administration.

Dr. Safiya admonish young ladies and women in the FCT to explore and cultivate the use of "condom" if they can't abstain from premarital sex which often lead to unwanted pregnancies and their subsequent abandonment to the government.

“Naturally no responsible government will fold its hands and watch babies and innocent children been left to die by their supposed biological parents because they suddenly realized they no longer want the same child they have incubated for nine good months to live"

“So we shall keep accepting the children in our homes and after the mandatory period of 3 months in our homes, we shall make them available for fostering and possible adoption for interested applicants/adopters.

Earlier, the director of Gender, Mrs. Agnes Hart, said the latest baby was sent to the secretariat from the National Hospital Abuja, which has been in care of the baby since September 14, 2019 when he was brought in.

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