According to Lagos State government, 237 abandoned babies have been rescued in the past one year.
Their records courtesy of the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, says that of the 237 rescued babies, 106 are males while 131 are females.
The Commissioner said this at the 2017 Ministerial Briefing of the ministry yesterday (Thursday) in Alausa, Ikeja.
Lagos State is the economic hub of Nigeria with the second largest population of over 9 million people.
Nigerians from all over the country rush to the state for its economic buzz and advantages.
On the reverse, not all who hassle it up in Lagos get the dream life they always wished for. It is not exaggeration to say it is one of the toughest cities to survive in without a reliable job and a good pay package.
Seeing abandoned babies sometimes in awkward locations is not new per say in the state. Rather the concern is that the rate has increased in a short period of time.
“The figure is higher than the 149 children rescued in 2015,”
Jumping from 149 to 237 abandoned babies means that in one year the number increased by 37%.
Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf said the ministry has conducted an audit of registered orphanages. The idea behind this is to decongest Lagos homes.
She also shared another plan in progress which is to erect a 3 three ultra-modern care centres for old citizens in the state. The pro-interactive centres will be situated in 3 senatorial districts in the state.
“The projects are in line with the government’s determination to provide quality care to the elderly. When completed, the centres will provide an interactive platform, as well as increase socialization among the aged. The centres will be sited in the three senatorial districts in the state.”
Youth restiveness in Nigeria is commonly motivated by economic, political or religious reasons.
As it relates to the 237 abandoned babies, the cause is directly from the economic sphere. Many Nigerian youths are jobless.
In big cities like Lagos, most unemployed youths toil hopelessly just to get by for the day.
People in this category are clearly not equipped to run a family or take care of anyone else. Need not say that adequately catering for a newborn is as sensitive as financially tasking.
Since the jobs are not forth coming, the popular option for the unemployed Nigerian youth today lies in skill acquisition and entrepreneurship.
“The government is also working to tackle youth restiveness. A total of 16,645 youths have been trained in various vocations, including shoemaking, hairdressing, and photography,”
From her address, the ministry did not leave out persons with disabilities and special needs.
Punch reports that the Lagos State Office for Disability has forwarded proposals to the governor, Ambode George for the procurement of items needed in the agency.
With the alarming number of 237 abandoned babies in the past year, Lagos State government sees the need to make provisions that will improve youth welfare.