DELTA State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Rev. Omatsola Williams , has urged operators
of Motherless Babies homes and Orphanages in the state, to create adequate health environment for the children.
Rev. Omatsola, who announced this during the inspection tour of two orphanages
in the state, known as Little Lilly Foundation, Asaba, and Ojone Marvin’s Orphanage in Ogwashi-Uku also called on the operators to abide strictly by the ministry’s rules and regulations.
She said the ministry had commenced
visit to all the child care centers in the state to determine their level of compliance wih the rules and regulations setting them up.
Speaking on the alleged of conversion
of orphanages to baby factories, she warned operators to avoid selling children and partner officials of her ministry, adding that the ministry is working with security operatives to clamp down and prosecute operators of all illegal homes in the state.
She, however, said anybody caught trafficking children would be dealt with severely as the era of indulging in violence and evils against children were over.
The Commissioner added, that whoever indulges in the act will face the police for prosecution and this will serve as a deterrent to others.
She told the operators that the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development is working hard to ensure that all illegal homes were shut with the help of law enforcement agents. Omatsola, however, frowned at the poor ventilation of the environment and no adequate lighting observed in the rooms of Little Lilly Foundation Orphanage and advised them to ensure adequate space and bigger rooms for the children to relax.
She reiterated the commitment of the state to ensuring that all evil acts against children were nipped in the bud,even as she announced the temporal operational license given to the operators of the two Orphanages for one year. In the same vein, operator of the Orphanage, Little Lilly foundation Rev sister, immaculate Ogonna disclosed that the orphanage was established by a group in the Holy Trinity Catholic Church known as Little Lilly Christian Foundation. Also, the Managing Director of Ojone Marvins Orphanage also thanked the commissioner for inspecting the orphanages and working hard to monitor the operators in the state.