By Mercy Obojeghren
An illegal orphanage in Ashaka, in the local government area of Ndokwa East, Delta state, was closed on Sunday by the state government for failing to comply with the provisions of the Human Rights Act. child as domesticated by state law.
State Commissioner for Women’s Affairs, Community and Social Development, Flora Alatan, closed the “Foster Paradise” orphanage during an unscheduled visit to the Ashaka orphanage.
The commissioner, who was represented by the permanent secretary at the ministry, Ms Oghenekevwe Agas, stressed that orphanages must comply with the rules and regulations governing their establishment.
Alatan noted that the Foster Paradise Orphanage did not meet approval requirements, before acquiring more than 22 children into its care.
Speaking to the owner, who was turned over to police, Alatan said the orphanage did not follow due process, as prescribed by ministry guidelines.
She added that the orphanage was unable to provide detailed registered documents showing the number of children in their care, hence its closure.
The commissioner said children’s safety was the government’s top priority, saying the ministry had no specific data regarding children.
The 11 male children were transferred to a government-approved orphanage known as the “Orem Orphanage” in the state’s Ughelli North Local Government Area, while the girls, also 11, were transferred to a government-approved orphanage. transferred to “Ojone Orphanage” in Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South. Local government.
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