The Kogi Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Developments, Mrs Patience Mammeh, on Thursday said the state government had put up a policy to ensure adequate welfare for homeless children in the state.
Mammeh made the declaration while distributing food items and cash to the 13 registered orphanages in the state.
“Kogi State Government is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that no child is abused or discriminated against,’’ Mammeh said.
She urged the operators of the homes to release any child above 18 to his or her parents, saying such a child has the right to family life.
“Let me remind the operators in the various homes that no child under your care should attain the age of 18 because they have the right to family life,’’ she said.
She also urged the orphanages to always forward their quarterly reports to the ministry.
“It has become glaring that some of the homes are not forwarding their quarterly reports. Any home that fails to do so will be penalized for disobedience,’’ Mammeh said.
The commissioner commended the state government for approving the quarterly distribution of food items to the less privileged homes, saying it goes a long to assist in the care of children.
She appealed to the public to join hands with the government to assist in proper upbringing of the less privileged children.