By Henry Umoru
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, yesterday, evacuated 19 children from Famous kids Orphanage, in Tungan Maje area of Zuba, Gwagwalada Area Council, Abuja.
According to the FCTA, the action was carried out over what it described as alleged negligence and other nefarious acts.
The evacuation was done by Social Development Secretariat, SDS, of the FCTA, which officials, accompanied by a joint team of security personnel, stormed and sealed off the premises of the orphanage, which also runs a school in the area.
It was gathered that Famous kids orphanage had 25 children as inmates, but only 19 whose ages are between four and 17 years were met at the time of the evaluation exercise.
Speaking with journalists during the exercise, SDS’s Acting Secretary, Hajiya Safiya Umar, explained that the action followed a request by the police authorities in the area, asking the secretariat to evacuate the children from the hitherto orphanage home.
According to Umar, following information from the police that the owner of the orphanage, Nkechi Udoh, had abandoned the home, SDS was given a directive to pick up the kids and transfer them to a government facility pending when she would return from wherever she may have travelled to.
Umar explained that the preliminary report revealed that most of the children were brought to Abuja from Cross River and Akwa Ibom states.
She said, “The police wrote to SDS to come and evacuate the children, meaning there are a lot of things happening in orphanages, from our investigations here, we have come to realize that there are other linkages with some other orphanages in Abuja.
“It appears it is a big business in orphanages, which the government is expected to look into it. It is quite unfortunate that people are now using orphanages as their own personal businesses.