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Stop selling babies in Anambra, cleric warns

Stop selling babies in Anambra, cleric warns

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Tony Okafor, Awka

An Anglican priest, Dr Maxwell Ogazi, has raised the alarm over the rate at which babies are sold in Anambra State.

This came barely a week after the police in the state described the disappearance of children in Anambra schools as an emerging trend.

As a consequence, the police urged parents, guardians and school proprietors to put extra measures in place to protect their children and pupils from abductors.

Speaking on Friday on the proliferation of illegal orphanages in the state, Ogazi described the trend as modern slavery.

Ogazi, who is the Director of Christian Compassionate Community Children’s Home, Obosi in the  Idemmili North Local Government Area, cautioned against the sale of children under the guise of adoption.

He noted that babies should not be sold to foster parents but should be given out for adoption without any monetary considerations.

He said,” Running of orphanages should be purely on charity and must be registered with the appropriate government ministry for periodic checks. Those engaging in illegal adoption without the knowledge of Child development Department of the State Ministry of Women’s and Children Affairs offend the laws of the state.”

He urged those who would have any need to go for adoption of children to look for homes that were duly registered and equipped with modern facilities for the comfort and care of the children .

While noting that running of orphanages could be demanding and capital intensive, he called on public spirited individuals and  government to consider supporting orphanages to help  to offset the education and health bills of inmates.

The cleric said this would go a long way in curbing the sharp practices by some of orphanage operators.

He outlined some of the challenges of orphanages  to include  vehicle, generators, food items, children’s beds, baby walkers and toys as well as routine drugs.

He commended the efforts of the Commissioner for Women’s and Children affairs in the state, Mrs Ndidi Mezue for  the revolutions she had introduced in the system.

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