Views: 443 Edmond Gyebi The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisah Djaba has visited the Nyohini Children’s Home in Tamale ...
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisah Djaba has visited the Nyohini Children’s Home in Tamale with a passionate call on mothers to desist from dumping their “unwanted babies in toilets and other obscured places or risk facing the full rigours of the law.
According to the Minister, it was inhuman for those mothers to attempt to take away the lives of innocent children they deem unwanted. She maintained that those irresponsible mothers would have no excuse or any justification when the law catches up with them. Mrs. Djaba gave the warning when she visited the Tamale Children’s Home at Nyohini to access the condition of inmates at the orphanage.
The Gender Minister, who presented food items and an undisclosed cash amount to the home, was highly disappointed to see how innocent children had been abandoned by their biological parents after carrying them in the womb for nine months.
Even though the state had taken custody of the rejected children and placed them under caregivers, they would forever lose the natural love and bond of their biological mothers. Mrs. Djaba said that it was against the laws of Ghana for any parent to dump, reject, torture or deny a child the needed protection or the right to live.
She also put much of the blame on some men who irresponsibly refuse to accept responsibility after impregnating women. She reminded the parents that if their pregnancy was a mistake the child is never a mistake and they have no right to throw them away.
The Supervisor of the Tamale Children’s Home, Augustina Quainoo commended the Minister for the support. She said that the Home had nurtured several kids into responsible adults in society and currently had 27 inmates. The children are between two months and 22 years old.
The 22 year old inmate who is the oldest among them she said had gained admission into the University for Development Studies (UDS). The Supervisor however appealed to the Gender Minister to help renovate the dilapidated structures in the home and provide fence around the place to avoid encroachment and invasion of cattle and other animals.
Some community members are also turning the lands of the Children’s Home into a place of convenience.