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Nigeria: Delta Approves 18 Children for Adoption


Nigeria: Delta Approves 18 Children for Adoption
28 December 2008

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Department, Delta Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, approved 18 children for adoption this year as against 28 given out in 2007.
Figures made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba showed that out of the 18 children, 14 were girls while four were boys.
The department, which su-pervises all government appro-ved orphanages and handles cases of adoption, also gave out 28 children for adoption in 2007.
The department in the last 10 months organised a camp prog-ramme for 125 selected children in JSS 11 and JSS 111 from 25 local government areas of the state on child development.
Computer appreciation prog-ramme was organised for 125 selected children in SS1 and from the 25 Local Government Areas with the theme "Promoting In-formation Technology (IT) for Delta Child".
The programme was aimed at promoting IT culture among the children.
The ministry also organised the "Day of African Child", an annual commemorative prog-ramme for the massacre of in-nocent children in Soweto, South Africa, in 1976.
According to the director, Mr Mathew Ukey, the event is to popularise the poor situation of children in Africa and the need to observe and implement the rights of the child.
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Ukey said that a modern chil-dren's home was built in Asaba to accommodate 13 abandoned and lost children to give support and enhance the quality of life of the children.
He said the ministry has also embarked on the importation of art equipment and gadgets that would stimulate the children and their parents to constantly make use of the centre.
The director said that N10 million had so far been spent on the project. (NAN)

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