Civil societies for HIV/Aids in Nigeria and other health initiatives CISHAN has berated the Nigeria police for not doing due diligence before parading the operators of tender life rescue initiatives as an alleged Child trafficking syndicate popularly called baby factory in Nigeria.
The state coordinator of Civil societies for HIV/AIDs Denis OTOBO in a press interview describes as unfortunate the at the unprofessional manner police went to arrest orphaned children and occupants of tender life rescue initiatives by dragging and terrorizing innocent girls who should be cared for in police cells instead of a home to allow them go through motherhood in sane conditions.
He said Tender life initiative is registered with Corporate Affairs Commission with recommendations from ministry of social welfare as evidenced in the correspondence between the ministry and Tender life rescue Initiatives.
Comrade Dennis Otobo at the press briefing tendered all the documents obtained from the ministry of Social Welfare by Tender life rescue Initiative which revealed that the Rivers State Ministry of Social Welfare knows the operation of Tender Life Rescue Initiative operators of orphanage Home raided by the Police which the Police claims is a baby factory and child trafficking syndicate.’’
‘’Comrade Dennis expressed shock that the Ministry of Social Welfare that gave recommendation for the organization to carry out project in Ogoni and other LGAs in the state would deny knowledge of the existence of the orphanage home”
According to documents cited by our correspondent between Ministry of Social Welfare and the Tender Life Rescue Initiatives. Stated that the aims and objectives of Tender Life Rescue Initiative with the Corporate Affairs Commission documents which captures the taking care of pregnant young girls and children. With efforts to rehabilitating them back to the society to pick up their broken piece
The spokesman of Civil Societies for HIV/Aids in Nigeria and other health initiatives OTOBO Denise also expressed displeasure over comments credited to the commissioner for social welfare who denied the that the NGO was registered with them.
He said correspondence between Tender life rescue initiatives shows that the ministry recommended the NGO and was at the facility two weeks ago for oversight function so the commissioner is not saying the truth. ‘’Today I cited all the original correspondence between the Ministry and the Tender Life Rescue Initiatives’ saw recommendation letter and Another letter which gave the NGO one-year probation and the probation letter is yet to expire. The Ministry also visited the orphanage home last week. There are pictures to that effect. The commissioner I think did not follow due diligence before going on air’’
More so this is as an evidence of letter written to National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person NAPTIP for collaborations stating that the NGO is against abortion for young pregnant girls by providing them temporary shelter to deliver their babies free of Charge with many of them working and returning to cater or provide anything they can for their kids after birth.
The documents states that TRI has been taking care of Orphans and Vulnerable children in its transit homes awaiting their mums to return for their babies and hopes to rescue more girls who need such help.
The documents also stated clearly that TRI does not give out any Babies for Adoption or Fostering but waits for their mothers to return back to claim their children.
Denis OTOBO also queried why police will take out children from a home and handed over to OPM, who is neither running an Orphanage or NGO for the rehabilitation of Children’’
Meanwhile the spokesman for OPM GOGO ISAIAH in a telephone interview confirmed to correspondent Anita Ogona that one of the girls from the Tender life initiative was delivered of baby girl on Thursday.