The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, on Wednesday in Abuja decried the high rate at which new born babies are being abandoned across the nooks and crannies of the territory.
Acting Secretary of the FCT Social Development Secretariat, SDS, Safiya Umar said this when she took delivery of a baby boy abandoned in Sauka, along Airport road, Abuja.
Mrs Umar said the situation was becoming worrisome and very disturbing to the FCTA.
She recalled that recently, two babies, a female and male were found and brought to the secretariat by good Samaritans on different times.
She said that the babies had since been named after the FCT Minister of State, Hajia Ramatu Aliyu and the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Christian Ohaa for identification purposes.
She admonished young ladies and women in the FCT to explore and cultivate the use of condom” if they can’t abstain from premarital sex which oftentimes lead to unwanted pregnancies and their subsequent abandonment to the government.
“Naturally, no responsible government will fold its hands and watch babies and innocent children being left to die by their supposed biological parents because they suddenly realised they no longer want the same child they have incubated for nine good months to live.
“So, we shall keep accepting the Children in our Homes and after the mandatory period of three months in our homes, we shall make them available for fostering and possible adoption for interested applicants and adopters,” she said.
Umar disclosed that the FCTA would soon unveil a mechanism which would address and curtail to the barest minimum the incessant and alarming rate of child abandonment in the FCT.