Over thirty two years after the initiation of the construction of an Orphanage in Niger State, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello on Wednesday commissioned a multi-million Naira home for the less privileged.
In a statement the Media and Publicity Coordinator to the Governor, Jude Orintunsin said
the project was initiated by the military administration of Colonel David Mark, now a Senator, over 32 years ago but was completed and commissioned by Governor Sani Bello.
The Governor described the project as one of his administration’s efforts towards safeguarding and protecting children as well as providing a comfortable state of living for the less privileged.
He expressed his desire to ensure that the orphanage is maintained and sustained so that it can become a lasting legacy built over decades from the efforts of past and present administration’s in Niger St
According to the governor, “this project is in fulfilment of his resolve to ensure that the less fortunate in the society are equally given sense of belonging and are made to live in a comfortable ambiance”.
In order to ensure the sustainability of the facility, the governor directed the State Ministry of Women Sffairs and Social Development to engage the services of a reputable non-govetnmental organization to manage the newly commissioned Government Orphanage.
“For this project to remain a legacy of this administration, we have to ensure that we are able to sustain this orphanage. It can not be left in the hands of government officials, because successive administrations may not have same priorities for the facility like we have.
“It is with this in mind that we are considering the engagement of a reputable non-governmental organization that can have access to development partners who are willing to invest in the orphanage. This facility is a job well done and the least we can do, is to ensure its maintainance “.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello also called for the control in the number of staffs involved in running the orphanage with a view of nurturing the affairs of the home as appropriate.
“The orphanage isn’t built for the sole purpose of providing shelter for the children but also to protect them against dangers such as abuse and trafficking that has become the major challenge for vulnerable children today. I therefore call on the management to limit the number of staffs to a minimum and expand only after the project has attained a firm ground.
“Government will also try to cater for those that are above the age of 18 years and I have advised the management to consider separating the kids from the adults. We are trying to work out a programme that will engage them and make them fit to become independent outside the walls of the orphanage home.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Barrister Amina Gwar described the project as timely, coming at a time when efforts are being made nationally and globally towards the security of children around the world.
“The completion of the project has showed that the administration is focused on catering for the needs of the less privileged in the society. This project started over 32 years ago, the administration of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello deemed it necessary to complete the project for the benefit of less priviledged children and the disabled that constitute the most vulnerable in the society”.