By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Just as the Niger State Government commissioned a multi million Naira fifty-two bed capacity ultra modern orphanage, the state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has declared the intention of the state to hand over the edifice to a private manager for optimal and effective management of the facility.
Governor Sani Bello while inaugurating the facility, said the state government has spent hundreds of millions of Naira to construct and equip the new orphanage, even as he conceded that the facility could better be managed by non governmental, private bodies who have the wherewithal to put the place in good use for those the facility was meant for.
He therefore declared the resolve of the state government to look for private sector players who have the vital contacts to attract funding for the sustainance of the place and make it viable.
Governor Sani Bello advised the present handlers of the Orphanage to separate boys from the girls once they had reached certain age brackets to guard against indecency and encourage moral rectitude amongst the inmates.
He said the facility would be handed over to a reputable non governmental organization for proper management because according to him, such NGOs have the outreach to source for funds from donor agencies and other multilateral bodies.
The fifty two bed capacity hostel for Orphans whose construction work started thirty two years ago under the military administration of Col. David B. Mark, had suffered years of abandonments and neglect due largely to lack of political will and vision by successive regimes in the state.
The new facility is equipped with good furniture, rest rooms, play fields and relaxation facilities, Information Communication Technology, (ICT), Television sets, among other things for the comfort of the inmates at the Orphanage.
Commissioner for Women Affairs and Gender Development, Barrister Amina Musa Gwam had in her address of welcome at the commissioning of the Orphanage, disclosed that there were at present, fifty two inmates at the Orphanage.
The inmates according to her are encouraged to take up vocational skills acquisition training for their empowerment once they were of age.