The President of Ado-Ekiti Metropolitan Lions Club, Dr Pius Adeojo, has donated various items worth several thousands of naira to Wining Children Foundation, a private children’s home in Usi community in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State with a call on orphanages operating in the country to be vigilant and security-conscious.
Dr Adeojo said the advice became necessary in view of the rampant cases of child trafficking in many parts of the country.
He noted that there was need for operators of babies’ homes/orphanages “to take the issue of security serious so as to prevent criminally-minded people from using the vulnerability of these children to perpetrate evil.”
The Lions Club president urged the government to invest in the education of children who “found themselves in this pathetic circumstance, to not only reduce crime but also secure the socio-economic future of the state and country.”
He said “many of the children in this category have been used for bombing and destruction of lives and property by insurgents,” and lamented that “it is disheartening to be hearing on daily basis, reports of cases of child abandonment, baby factories, child labour and trafficking even when we have a functional government in place.”
According to the Lions Club chief, “the government and private organisations owe it a duty to protect the future of these children. They should not allow anyone to seize the opportunity of their vulnerability to use them as slaves or for other evil things.
“That was why the Lions Club is taking this step,” saying “we will continue to partner with the owner of this orphanage and those owned by government to make lives better for these children. They might have been abandoned by human beings, but God had decided not to forsake them.”
Adeojo promised that the organisation he personally founded, “Women and Children Development and Health Research Initiative,” would study the blueprint of the orphanage to know where best to lend a helping hand that would be in the interest of the children.
Commending the Lions Club for the gesture, the orphanage’s coordinator, Mrs Funmilayo Adeyemi, said the home started in 2005 with 105 orphans, who were to undergo rehabilitation to make them fit and useful to the society.
She said the home now has about 1,000 children at various levels of academic cadres across the country, revealing that about 30 of them are in tertiary institutions within Nigeria while one is studying Medicine and Surgery at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State.
She said: “When I incorporated this organisation with the Corporate Affairs Commission in 2005, what I intended to do was to rehabilitate the children by to providing them with home and food.
“I later realised the need to give them education. It was then that I reached out to philanthropists who had been of help. I am happy that these children are proving that they are better than those who even have parental care”.