Leadership (Abuja)

3 October 2008

Nigeria: FG Urged to Make Adoption Laws More Flexible

The Federal Government has been urged to create an enabling environment for the adoption of orphans who are dotted in various orphanage homes across the country.

This call was made by the Head of Department (HOD), Education and Social Development, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Mrs. Hajara Koce during an exclusive chat with LEADERSHIP at Karu Children's Home during a courtesy call by the wife of AMAC chairman, Mrs. Florence Jisalo, recently.

According to Mrs. Koce, many people are willing to adopt children at the orphanage homes, but the bureaucratic bottlenecks makes it difficult for them to do so.

Koce who frowned at the development, described it as very unfortunate. She noted that many applications are lying idle without being attended to while the orphans are anxiously looking forward to be co-opted into the society.

She wondered why government should make adoption laws so strict to the detriment of the orphans.

This situation, she continued, "can be very frustrating and discouraging for those who go to the orphanage homes and see the condition of these kids and wish to extend a helping hand only to be restrained by stringent laws".

Mrs Koce therefore, pleaded with those in authority to look into the issue fast as the children depend on them to get their freedom.

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