By Baba Mohammed
The FCT Administration (FCTA) has said the Social Development Secretariat (SDS) will monitor the activities at the Divine Wounds of Jesus Christ Orphanage and Rehabilitation Home; Kubwa to ensure that the children are happy and well looked after.
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, revealed this while receiving the children in his office in Abuja. He said the children will now remain at another facility in Kubwa, in custody of the proprietress of the home where they will be monitored daily by the Social Development Secretariat.
According to a release from the minister’s chief press secretary, Anthony Ogunleye and made available to The State Online, Bello said the initial plan was to relocate them to an FCTA-managed orphanage in Gwako near Gwagwalada but noted that the children insisted that they would rather stay together at a newly acquired home in Kubwa.
Bello said the FCTA will work closely with and monitor the proprietress of the Orphanage and especially the children because of their welfare which he said was paramount. “The happiness of the children remains of priority,” he said. He however said that the FCTA will intervene if it feels that the new home is not safe and conducive for the children.
Bello reiterated that the FCTA will not hesitate to ensure that all the necessary bylaws and procedures for setting up an orphanage home in the FCT are adhered to at all times.
The State Online recalls that over 150 children were rendered homeless after the Development Control Department (DCD), a unit under the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) demolished the Divine Wounds of Jesus Christ Orphanage and Rehabilitation Home last month over land dispute.
Muktah Galadima, Director of DCD, said the demolition was in a compliance with a court order in favour of one of the parties in dispute over the land, while also adding that the property completely failed to comply with development control requirements in the nation’s capital.