Not fewer than Eighteen abandoned babies have been recovered in Funtua town, Katsina State, over the most recent four months, an official has revealed.
The Director of Education and Social Services, Funtua Local Government Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Nasir, disclosed this to newsmen in Funtua.
He said, “Some of the babies were also thrown into toilets, while some were left in markets, public places and uncompleted buildings in the towns.”
Nasir, who depicted the advancement as terrible, said that the developing instances of abandoned babies and lunatics people were turning a source of worry to the council.
He said that the council was sinking many funds into dealing with the abandoned babies and in addition to the evacuation and repatriation of insane people.
He said, “Just on (January 24), a newly born baby girl was found in a soakaway; people rehabilitated her before they handed the baby to government officials.”
He said that some people had approached the local government for an approval to adopt babies, and explained that the requisite procedures were being worked out before granting the request.
The official commended the District Head of Funtua, Alhaji Sambo Idris, and other traditional leaders whose efforts and contributions had ensured the recovery and survival of the abandoned babies.
The Director also commended the Katsina State government’s commitment and support to psychiatric hospitals, less privileged families, lunatics and orphanage homes, and called for special funds for local government areas with high numbers of such social cases.