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Delta warns against sharp practices as two orphanages get approvals


[FILE PHOTO] Delta State Governor, H.E Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa

Weeks after a child trafficking syndicate was smashed by the Delta State police command, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Rev. (Mrs.) Omatseyi Williams, yesterday at Ogwashi Uku, announced the closure of Deliverance Orphanage at Ozoro, just as she warned operators and the general public against buying and selling of orphans in the state.

According to Williams, who addressed journalists after a temporal approval of Little Lilies of The Most Holy Orphanage Home, Odukwe-Okwe, Asaba and Phone Marvis Orphanage Home, Ogwashi Uku, “the general public are hereby warned to stay clear from the Deliverance Orphanage Home at Ozoro, whose license has been withdrawn and premises sealed, with the proprietor and her two daughters presently helping the police, as they formed a dangerous cartel that has been involved in stealing and selling children to unsuspecting members of the public.”

Williams said: “There are laid down procedures for accepting into homes as well adoptions, which involves both the police and our ministry with proper documentations. Operators of homes should warn their staff that any attempt to interact with members of my ministry to bypass the process would face a dire consequence, which the proprietors will not escape from. Their being orphans doesn’t make them less humans.”

During the inspection of The Most Holy Orphanage Home, Odukwe-Okwe, managed by Reverend Sister Imaculata Ogonna of St. Stevens Catholic Church, at the three-bedroom bungalow temporal site located beside the two storey permanent site that looks deserted, the commissioner said she was not pleased with the ventilation and bed space at the temporal site, warning that the approval will be revoked if by December they have not made the permanent site habitable.

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