WorldStage NewsOnline—The Niger State Government has unveiled a multi million naira orphanage in Minna, 32 years after the commencement of the project.
Gov. Abubakar Bello said the completion of the project was in line with his administration’s policy of supporting less privileged persons in the society to give them a sense of belonging.
He said that the government would take measures to insulate the inmates from abuse and trafficking.
Bello therefore directed the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to engage the services of a reputable non-govetnmental organization to manage the orphanage, to ensure the sustainability of the facility.
“For this project to remain a legacy of this administration, we have to ensure that we are able to sustain this orphanage.
“It cannot be left in the hands of government officials, because succeeding 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-govetnmental 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,” he said.
The governor also directed that the number of personnel to run the orphanage must be controlled.
“The orphanage is not 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, 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,” he added.