Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Akpabio’s NGO takes over ophanage

Akpabio’s NGO takes over ophanage

The Family Live Enhancement Initiative, a NGO set up by Akwa Ibom governor's wife, Mrs Ekaette Akpabio, has taken over the welfare of children in an orphanage in Uyo.

Disclosing this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Uyo, Mrs Asuwama Sydney, the Coordinator, said that the NGO took over the management of the orphanage, Divine Children’s Home, to ensure that the inmates had good care.

NAN also reports that the vulnerable children who were branded “witches” and sent out of their homes, were later evacuated to a government home at Uyo Security Village by the state government.

“What I am sent here to do by the wife of the governor is to make sure that the children are well fed, sent to school and given proper medical attention,” Sydney said.

She said that more than 200 children in the home were all doing well.

She said that those who chose to go to school were sent to school while others were engaged in vocational education.

On plans to reunite the children with their families, Sydney said that some of the children had insisted that they would not go back to their parents who had put them in the present condition.

“The government has the responsibility to take good care of the children and most importantly ensure that they are given formal education,” she said.

However, Sydney said that the process of reuniting those children who agreed to go back to their parents may be easier with the reappointment of Mrs Eunice Thomas asCommissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare.

According to Sydney, the commissioner supervised the evacuation of the children from private homes to the government home for better care.

Source: tribune

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