By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Calabar
A Non Governmental Organization and one of the pet projects of Mrs. Obioma Liyel Imoke, wife of the Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, Mothers Against Child Abandonment has so far rescued over 150 abandoned babies in the state.
Mrs. Imoke disclosed this in Calabar when she received various insignia of awards including Tourism Personality of the year 2011, bestowed on her at different times between 2010 and 2012 for her service to humanity. She explained that MACA was established to take care of abandoned babies and teenage pregnant girls who have been kicked out.
She said, “MACA takes in vulnerable teenage girls that get pregnant, because they get pregnant and are kicked out of their home, so they have the babies and dump them. So we bring them in and counsel them. Teach them life skills to live independently forever and we would encourage them to go back into society and make something of themselves.”
She expressed gratitude for the organizations that found her worthy for the awards, and said she and her team remained committed to deploying their resources and time to shaping the lives of people God created but for one reason or the other found themselves in difficult circumstances.
The governor’s wife said one life of an abandoned baby that dies was one life too many.