The Executive Director of Afribaby Initiative, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Mrs Olayinka Odiboh, has enjoined parents to employ registered nannies and caregivers for quality handling of their babies. According to her, the employment of trained and registered nannies would put a stop to the increasing rate of infant or child abduction and abuse in the country. Mrs Odiboh, who spoke to The Nation said: The new spate of infant abduction and abuse by nannies, especially the recent abduction of two kids by a housemaid as reported in some national dailies calls for concern.
“Our investigation has shown that infant kidnapping and abuse are the handiwork of untrained and uninvestigated nannies. Many of the nannies in our country today lack motherly skills to make babies safe, happy and healthy.” Nanny services, she said, were on the increase as many mothers have taken to different careers to make ends meet in the home.
Proper training for nannies, she said, would ensure quality child care and education, stressing that this would give parents assurance that their children are in safe hands. “In view of this development, we have decided to organise free training in different parts of the country. The training will be for interested Nigerians who want to take up nannying and caregiving as their profession as well as those who are already in the profession. “The training will update, upgrade and professionalise the practice of baby care for healthy growth and development of babies, “Mrs Odiboh said.
The ED said there was the need to revolutionise the profession by ensuring proper documentation and back-checking of information about nannies to forestall the repeat of the reported incident.