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Fake Orphanages: FCTA Evacuates 19 Children From Famouskids Home

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has begun the clampdown on illegal orphanages being operated in the nation’s capital territory to ensure sanity.

The Acting Secretary, Social Development Secretariat (SDS), Hajia Safiya Umar, on Friday evacuated 19 children from Famouskids Orphanage Home, in Tungan Maje area of Zuba, Gwagwalada Area Council, Abuja over alleged negligence and other nefarious acts.

Accompanied by the joint team of security personnel they stormed and sealed off the premises of the orphanage, which also runs a school in the area

It was gathered that the Famouskids Orphanage Home had 25 children as inmates, but only 19 of them who are between ages 4 and 17 years were met as at the time of the evaluation exercise.

According to her, the exercise would rid the nation’s capital, especially the outskirts, of human trafficking and other practices that are against child right act.

“There is a lot in the Federal Capital Territory that we have to do; the abuse is becoming too much. How can somebody set up an orphanage and be selling children? The Social Development Secretariat Authority wants to know the proprietor and the person is nowhere to be found

“Our investigations show that more needs to be done in order to stop the proliferation of illegal orphanages, it appears is a very big business going on in the city which the government least expected.

“The government thought they were well-spirited people that are opening orphanages to help children without parents, as a way of helping the government in managing some social vices. Unfortunately, people have used it as a business, using the children as personal business,” she said.

Mrs Umar explained that the FCT Administration will not tolerate the activities of individuals who indulge in bringing children from other states into the federal capital and using them to make money.

She said: “It has become a NAPTIP case because all the children are either from Akwa Ibom or Cross River states; this is outside their jurisdiction because there is jurisdiction of operation of orphanages.

“All children that will be kept in orphanages in Abuja must come from Abuja, anything outside Abuja is trafficking and that won’t be tolerated by FCTA.”

According to her, preliminary reports revealed that most of the children are brought to Abuja from Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom states, and were left since February 2019 in the care of a 23-year-old, who claimed to be an undergraduate of the University of Abuja.

She added: “The police wrote to SDS to come and evacuate the children, meaning there are a lot of things happening in orphanages. From our investigations here, we have come to realize that there are other linkages with some other orphanages in Abuja.

“Orphanages are not meant to sell children. We gathered reliably from the police that the child might have been sold and she is in Lagos and we are now trying to track her,” she explained.

“It is bothering us  that the orphanages in FCT are abusing the law, they are only supposed to keep the children only for three months and then give them out either for adoption or fostering.”

On his part, one Edet Raphael, who claimed to be working with the orphanage as a volunteer, denied knowledge of the missing child from the Home.

He said: “I don’t know anything about the missing child, the first time I heard I was arrested and taken to the police station and they questioned me about the child.

“I told them (the police) I don’t know anything about the missing child. I remember the first girl but I have never met the missing girl.”

 

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180 Golfers To Compete For N35 Million In Rowland Adewumi Golf Classic Tourney

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The lush greens of the IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja will soon be the battleground for an impressive array of golfing talent, as 180 golfers, both professional and amateur, compete for over N35 million in cash prizes and additional rewards.

This exciting event, known as the Rowland Adewumi Classic Tournament, is scheduled to take place from Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, June 15, 2024, in celebration of Rowland Adewumi’s 50th birthday.

The organizing committee, led by Chairman Akabom Enebong, has spared no effort in ensuring that the event will befit the legacy of the man it honors says the tournament is more than a mere competition; it is a homage to Rowland Adewumi, a figure whose influence on the sport in Nigeria has been profound. Known for his dedication to nurturing talent and promoting the game, Adewumi’s contributions have left an indelible mark on the golfing community.

Speaking to the media in Abuja, Enebong highlighted the meticulous preparations underway to guarantee a flawless event.

“This tournament is a tribute to Rowland Adewumi, whose influence has been pivotal in the development of golf in Nigeria,” Enebong remarked. “We have ensured that all arrangements are in place to guarantee a smooth and competitive event.”

The competition will feature approximately 80 professional golfers and 100 amateur golfers, all competing in a stroke play format over the club’s renowned 18-hole course. The tournament promises to be action-packed, with participants eager to showcase their skills and vie for top honors.

“The Rowland Adewumi Classic Tournament offers not just substantial cash prizes but also significant prestige. With over N35 million up for grabs, the stakes are high, and the competition is expected to be fierce. In addition to the cash rewards, there are numerous consolation prizes, ensuring that many participants will leave with recognition for their efforts”

“Interest in the event has been substantial, with top golfers from across the nation preparing to participate. This level of engagement underscores the tournament’s importance within the Nigerian golfing calendar and highlights the respect and admiration held for Adewumi within the golfing community”.

Enebong emphasized the broader significance of the tournament, noting that it serves as a platform for golfers to demonstrate their prowess and advance their careers. “Participants will leverage this tournament to showcase their worth,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for both emerging and established golfers to gain recognition and further their careers.”

The three-day event promises not just competitive golf but also a celebratory atmosphere, reflecting the joyous occasion of Adewumi’s 50th birthday. Spectators can expect a festive environment, with various activities and hospitality offerings enhancing the overall experience.

As the date approaches, anticipation builds for what is set to be one of the most memorable golf events of the year. The Rowland Adewumi Classic Tournament is poised to highlight the vibrant golfing talent in Nigeria, celebrate a beloved figure in the sport, and provide a thrilling spectacle for all involved.

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