A non- governmental organization GREATER Awka Allies, based in Awka, Anambra State Capital, South east Nigeria has frowned at the discovery that most of the children in orphanage homes in Anambra State are children of convicts who are spending time in prison. The group insisted that such children should rather be handed over to their uncles or close relations and should also be enrolled in regular schools that would better their future.
Speaking to journalists shortly after holding an interactive end of year/ Christmas party for children of one of these homes on Thursday, Hon Chinemerem Oguegbe, who led the organization on the visit, called on the government at all level to intervene in the plight of the helpless children.
Oguegbe said, “Children of this convicts should be handed over to their uncles or relations because keeping them here (Orphanage Home) is not healthy for them. There is no reason these children should not be given basic education which is nearly free, he lamented.
A Consultant Dermatologist with the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Dr.Chizoba Okpala, who was part of the team, promised to assemble a team of Medical Doctors that will come from time to time to provide basic health care solutions to the Children.
Engr Cajethan Okolo and the Director of Engr Cajethan Okolo Foundation for the orphan and less privileged who facilitated the event, on his goodwill, appreciated the organization for their good work and prayed God to give them the grace to continue.