ABUJA – The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has revealed that the administration will soon carry out an audit of all orphanage homes operating in the nation’s capital to ascertain the level of compliance in accordance with the Child Rights Act.
Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) Coordinator, Umar Shuaibu, made the revelation on Wednesday while giving update on the displaced orphans in Kubwa.
According to him, “We are working tirelessly to see that we perform our statutory function. We are not shying away from our responsibilities, as we are doing our best.We are going to make sure that henceforth all orphanages in Abuja are audited, to ensure that everyone conforms to the rules and regulations governing the practice of this activity in order to forestall problems like this one (Kubwa orphanage saga), in the future.
“If you must establish an orphanage first make sure that whatever structure you are housing them is not questionable.The rules states that you must be financially viable; meaning you can afford to get a decent accommodation, that’s ownership of the land and building approval for the structure are not questionable.You can see in Abuja, we have had so many cases of failed buildings, so are we going to risk the lives of our children? By allowing them to be accommodated in areas where the buildings can fail? We cannot do that.If they must be raised in a particular environment, we must make sure that it is a decent environment”, he stressed.
Meanwhile, the Acting Secretary, Social Development Secretariat (SDS), Hajia Safiya Umar, said the rule and regulations establishing orphanage homes according to the Child Rights Act states that there must be a solid ventilated building; the owner of the orphanage must be financially balanced because the Act states that in establishing such an orphanage you must have a mordern building with financial suport and a bank statement to cover up as a