The wife of Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has commended the Association of Orphanages and Home Operators in Nigeria for their efforts in raising the standard, care and protection of vulnerable children in Nigeria.
She gave the commendation in Lagos during the Collaborate Lagos 2023 Edition of ASOHON in conjunction with the Christian Alliance for Orphans, a non-governmental organisation.
The governor’s wife thanked the organisations for their crucial role in curbing the rate of moral decadence and child neglect being witnessed in society.
“Members of the NGOs assumed roles of caregivers looking after vulnerable members in the society.
“This is even when their own immediate families are also in need of care and attention; it is indeed a service to the community,” she said.
The governor’s wife, who was represented by Mrs. Azizat Tijani, said the integrity of ASOHON when it comes to over-fighting against child trafficking, child abuse, has made the association a force to reckon with.
She noted that as many orphanages that exist, there are also fake orphanages and implored ASOHON to fish them all out.
Deputy National Coordinator, SOS Children Villages, Mr. Adelopo Ayodeji, Isolo, in his keynote address spoke on the theme, ‘Strengthening Family Ties Through Unification as a Veritable Tool of Alternative Care’.
According to him, the best place for children to live is with their family, adding that if children’s rights are being violated, the government could take over their care.
The guest speaker said there was a need to strengthen safety nets to prevent child-family separation.
According to him, family strengthening prevents children from leaving their families and ensures that they remain tied to them, noting that the natural place children are meant to receive care is with the family.
“Children must remain with their family where they have access to essential services, parenting capacity building and family resources”.
Earlier, State Coordinator, Lagos Chapter of ASOHON, Mr. Ganiyu Dosunmu, State Coordinator, Lagos Chapter of ASOHON, appealed to the state government to expand the scope of health insurance.
He said that the NGOs were advancing the cause of vulnerable children in the state and should be captured in the health insurance scheme.