The Kogi State government led by Governor Yahaya Bello has revealed that it has rescued no fewer than 29 babies abandoned by their mothers across the state in the last three years.
This was disclosed in Lokoja on Monday by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Bolanle Amupitan, during the opening of a three-day training programme on Child Safety and Protection for social welfare workers across the state.
During the training organized by the ministry in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria and Participation for Behavioural Change Initiative in Development (PIBCID), Mrs Bolanle decried the increasing cases of abandoned children and child abuse in the state.
She said; “The training was put together to build the capacity of social welfare workers and staff of the ministry of Women Affairs in responding professionally to issues of safety and protection of children in the state.”
Mrs Bolanle added that over the past three years, the state has successfully prosecuted 15 people involved in various cases of child abuse such as early marriage and violent related abuse, adding that other cases were ongoing at the Family Court.
According to her, babies rescued by the ministry are usually attended to and kept in orphanage homes from where interested members of the public could adopt them after meeting the laid down requirements for child adoption.
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