By SAM EYOBOKA
DETERMINED to assist the NAPTIP to rid the nation of child traffickers and the unholy activities of quack mater-nity homes who masquarade themselves as orphanages, an association to streamline the activities and operations of orphanages has been inaugarated.
Known as the Association of Orphanages and Homes Operators in Nigeria, ASOHON, the non-governmental organisation is born out of the passion, zeal and commitment of founders and executives of registered Orphanages and Homes to raise the stand-ard of care and protect-ion of all vulnerable children in Nigeria.
It has as its president, the founder of the Little Saints Orphanages, Rev. (Mrs.) Dele George who had piloted the affairs of the first private orphanage to be registered by the Lagos State in Lagos since 1994.
Speaking in an inter-view, Mrs. George said it was disheartening to hear and read about activities of certain women who have turned an otherwise God-given vision to champion the course of the less-privileged in our society especially abandoned/abused and orphaned children to a business venture.
According to her, ASOHON is made up of men and women of integrity who are opposed to child trafficking, child abuse, child labour and fake orphanages.
The homes/orphanages of this association are visible and on ground actually rehabilitating and reforming abused, abandoned, orphaned, mentally challenged, physically challenged children and sufferers of terminal diseases.
She maintained that its objectives include: the improvement of efficiency of orphanages and homes; to enhance the reputation and image of orphanages and homes; promotion of awareness of and respect for laws relating to the rights of children; to unite against the violation of the child rights law and to promote and encourage a united approach in care of all vulnerable children.
She therefore called on all homes and orphanages within the country to register on line, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or send their registration forms to ASOHON through: Strong Tower House, 6b Dalberto Road, Palmgrove, Lagos.