Acting Secretary of the FCT Social Development Secretariat (SDS), FCTA, Mrs Safiya Umar said this when she took delivery of a baby boy abandoned in Sauka, along Airport Road, Abuja.
She recalled that recently, two babies, a female and male were found and brought to the secretariat by good Samaritans at different times.
She admonished young ladies and women in the FCT to explore and cultivate the use of “condom” if they can’t abstain from premarital sex which oftentimes leads to unwanted pregnancies and their subsequent abandonment to the government.
“Naturally, no responsible government will fold its hands and watch babies and innocent children being left to die by their supposed biological parents because they suddenly realised they no longer want the same child they have incubated for nine good months to live. ”
‘” So, we shall keep accepting the Children in our Homes and after the mandatory period of three months in our homes, we shall make them available for fostering and possible adoption for interested applicants and adopters.”
” We shall apprehend these categories of culprits, those that require rehabilitation will receive same while others will be compelled to assume some level of responsibility in the upkeep of the child with the government.
The Director of Gender in the Secretariat, Mrs Agnes Hart, explained that the baby was sent to the secretariat from the National Hospital Abuja, having been in their care since Sept. 14, when he was brought in.
” The baby was abandoned by the roadside in Sauka in a bag with the unclamped umbilical cord alongside the placenta intact, delivered by a good-spirited Nigerian and accompanied by the Police to the National Hospital Abuja.”