By Evelyn Usman
Wife of the Comptroller-General of Immigration Service and President, Immigration Officers Wives Association, IMMOWA, Mrs Gaudatu Babandede has frowned at activities of some women who abandon their new born babies to die, calling on them to have a rethink.
Represented by the chairperson, IMMOWA , Zone A, Hajia Aisha Alfa, she advised that such women should strive to cater for their babies, no matter the condition they find themselves , noting that the child might become a blessing to the nation or the world in future.
She gave this admonition during the association’s visit to Little Saints Orphanage home in Ilupeju area of Lagos, where some donations were made to the children.
Appreciating the home for stepping in timely to rescue some of the abandoned children, she said: “We are here to express our love for these little ones, to let them know they are appreciated and cherished, not only by the home but by IMMOWA in particular and the nation in general. We are also here to encourage them as mothers that we are optimistic that their future is bright.
” My message to mothers who abandon their children at birth is that they should count themselves privileged for the opportunity of being blessed with the fruit of the womb because there are several women out there that are praying for such opportunity.
“Instead of carrying the pregnancy for nine months and abandoning the baby to die, they should do all within their capability to raise the child. By so doing, they are performing their own obligation to the child.”
Appreciating the association for the gesture, Founder of the orphanage home, Rev. (Mrs) Christiana George, disclosed that the home had come a long way, despite challenges faced with caring for the children.
She said the home presently has 120 children with the youngest being a month old, adding that donations such as IMMOWA’s, from members of the public and not from government, had sustained the home since it came into existence 25 years ago.
She said: “It has been very challenging these 25 years but at the same time, very fulfilling. You know children are important gifts from God and you know looking after them most times is not a burden but a wonderful privilege. Most assistance comes from organisations like this. The government does not assist us.”