By Shina Abubakar
The owner of an orphanage in Ile-Ife, Ms. Elizabeth Oroyemi, collapsed when Osun state government officials sealed off the social facility on suspicion of illegal activities, including use as a baby factory.
The woman who was resurrected begged officials not to seal the property, located in the Opa Area of the old town, her only legacy of more than 18 years.
However, the Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, Ms. Bukola Olaboopo, explaining the reason for the closure, said that the operation of the factory constitutes a danger to the well-being of the orphans residing there.
He also said that in addition to not taking proper care of the children at the orphanage, the environment where it operates is completely messy while those who work there lack the proper knowledge to do so.
According to her, “we suspect that the facility is used for activities such as the baby factory, which is completely unacceptable to the Osun state government. And the operator had had the opportunity to address deficiencies noted by a committee established about five years ago, although it has moved to a new facility, activities at the facility remain the same.
“The social workers who work in the facility are unprofessional, the environment where it is operating is totally disorderly, while most of the children under their care were malnourished and exceeded the amount approved by the State’s 2013 Children’s Rights Law between others ”.
She revealed that 42 people were evacuated from the facility, including 24 young children, three adults and people with physical disabilities.
He added that the move became imperative to provide children with the best education, nutritious meals necessary for healthy growth and adequate shelter from the state government.
“All evacuees received food and other sweets before being relocated in batches to various standard orphanages across the state for the best care,” he said.
Olaboopo, urging orphanage operators in the state to ensure they comply with legal obligations and operate within the purview of the law, revealed that closing the facilities would discourage others from operating against existing laws.