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.

President, Immigration Officers Wives Association, IMMOWA, Mrs Gaudatu Babandede and other women during presentation of gifts to Little Saints Orphanage Homes

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.

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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.

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” 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.

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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.”


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