George Onyejiuwa, Owerri
Imo State Government has uncovered 257 illegal social homes, which serve as baby factories across the state and recovered a number of children.
Special Assistant to the Governor on Non-Governmental Organisations and Allied Matters, Rev. Simeon Nwulu, who made the disclosure when he hosted the leadership of the state’s Correspondents Chapel, yesterday, said only 15 of the 272 social homes in the state are legal.
Although the governor’s aide, who did not mention the actual number of children already recovered, said his office discovered the illegal homes during its assessment visitation of social homes spread across the 27 council areas of the state.
He said: “We’re doing our best to ensure such a thing does not exist in our society anymore. We’ve revoked so many fake homes.
“Out of 272 homes across the state, only 15 were genuine, others were fake.
“Some of them are registered with the government, but their activities are not genuine and we’ve revoked their licenses.
“Very soon, we will be charging some of them to court over their nefarious activities. At the same time, this office has moved to ensure we stop illegal sale of children, because the rate at which children are being marketed and sold like ordinary articles of trade is very alarming.
“At a peanut, the destiny of a child is destroyed and most of these adopters are not well-to-do to take care of the children.”
Meanwhile, Nwulu has advised churches within the state to get deeply involved in building motherless babies homes and old people’s homes. He also urged well-to-do individuals in the society to adopt such children.
“If somebody becomes motherless, it does not mean such a child cannot be somebody in the future.
“I am glad some churches have shown interest to partner government on that. Some of them have picked forms to establish social homes.
“But, we are asking them to make the environment very conducive for the children and not to use it and make money, because we know that nobody can take care of the children more than the church.
“We’re going house-to-house, appealing to people to adopt these children, because we have over 2,000 motherless children in different homes whose future seem very bleak.
“As someone God has blessed, even if you have 10 children, please try and give these one’s life and hope,” he said.