Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Rise in abandoned babies, FCTA worries over declining values

The FCT Social Development Secretariat has drawn attention to the worrisome trend of abandoning new born babies across territory, ascribing the act to the decline in moral values.

According to the acting Secretary of the Secretariat, Hajia Safiya Umar, the FCT has witnessed a steady increase in the spate of abandonment of innocent babies in recent times.

The secretariat had in October alone taken delivery of at least five babies brought in from across the FCT, thereby compelling the secretariat’s resolve to get culprits involved in the upkeep their babies.

Umar while taking delivery of the newest baby brought in by the police from the Kubwa Police Division, observed that some of the babies were abandoned by prostitutes who can’t identify those responsible for their pregnancies.

“This new trend of throwing babies away as if they are a piece of thrash in the FCT is a dangerous signal sign posting the level of moral decay that has engulfed our society. This development has gone beyond the lame and untenable excuses of some of our young girls claiming that they have no one to cater adequately for them.

“It's becoming clearer that some of these babies may be products of prostitution and since they (girls) can't identify whom among their numerous customers are responsible, they just deliver and abandon the child at any convenient spot,” she said.

A visibly angry hajia Umar therefore task parents and guardians to put their foot on the ground, mentor, discipline, and teach their children.

She said, “Lessons of morale, integrity, contentment and self-control which most parents received from their own parents should and be passed down to their own daughters if this aberration and anomaly must be checked and frantically tackled.

“It is not enough to lavish money on your children or too busy looking for money to cater for the family without giving attention to what is happening to him or her in this technologically driven age in a global village.”

She advised parents to pay more attention to the company the children keep, as investigations has revealed that most children get indoctrinated into the act at a tender age while still living with their parents.

“It is quite unfortunate that this unwholesome act is gradually becoming rampant in the FCT but I can assure you that the Hon. Minister of FCT, Muhammad Bello and his State counterpart, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu have promised to address the malaise head long and curtail it to the barest minimum,” she warned.

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