Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu state governor, has expressed readiness to stop the sale of children, who are products of baby factories. The practice has thrived majorly in Nigeria’s southeast over the past years. To curb the menace, the governor, on Monday, decided to set up a ‘Committee for Child Fostering and Adoption’ to stop people from patronising baby factories.
Comprising state commissioners for gender and social development; information, and attorney-general and commissioner for justice, the 15-man committee is headed by the Archbishop of the Anglican Ecclesiastical Province, Enugu, Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma. Other members are traditional rulers, representatives of the police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP).
Part of the committee’s brief, the governor said, is starting a trust fund to cater for abandoned children, facilitating child protective and welfare laws.
Ugwuanyi said there will be compliance to due process in child adoption processes, so as to guarantee the child’s safety.