Orphanage operators lose licences in Imo

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Imo-State-Governor-Owelle-Rochas-OkorochaOwerri, Nov. 25, 2013 (NAN) The Imo Government has commenced recalling the licences/certificates issued to orphanage operators in the State to enable it to embark on their re-registration.

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The state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Love Onyechere, announced the recall when she briefed newsmen in Owerri on Monday.

Onyechere said the action was part of efforts by government to stop the sale of babies, illegal fostering and adoption currently ravaging the state.

She added that a list of certified homes would be published after the verification while illegal ones would be blacklisted.

The commissioner, who condemned the sale of babies and illegal adoptions by such homes, stressed that only the ministry had the power to approve adoptions in the state.

She called on all orphanages in the state to submit lists and details of all the orphans in their care for verification.

Onyechere also warned staff of the ministry to desist from aiding illegal adoption as anyone caught would be dismissed from service.

The commissioner, therefore, warned operators of illegal orphanages in the state to desist from the act or face prosecution.

“Adoption is free and does not have any monetary attachments. Intending parents are expected to meet certain requirements before they can adopt’’, she said. (NAN)

Babatunde Akinsola
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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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