Another illegal orphanage named Pro Labore Der located at Gboweto village in Olorunda Local Government Area of Badagary, has been shut down by the Lagos State Government, adding that it rescued 24 children.
It was reported that the rescue team stormed the illegal orphanage home after the Ministry of Youth and Social Development got a distress call which detailed the activities of the home.
On sighting the government rescue team the operator of the home fled the premises.
The team rescued 24 children within the age range of four months and above; they also rescued a pregnant 17-year-old lady.
The Commissioner for youth and Social Development, Hon. Agboola Dabiri, while briefing newsmen said the state is determined to eradicate all illegal orphanage homes and it is not going to stop until it has achieved that purpose.
He also warned against the belief that religious organizations are eligible to authorize operation of orphanage homes saying that such organizations have no right to endorse and authorize the operation of orphanage homes in the State.
“It is fine for churches, mosques to own orphanage homes. We are not against that, but they do not have the right to give licenses or authorize the operation of a home.
‘Only the Ministry has the mandate of regulating and authorising operation of homes. No rest for illegal homes, nobody should hide behind religious organisations.
“We are not against adoption, but patronage of illegal orphanage is a crime.” he said.
Mr. Dabiri in his warning reiterated that all unregistered homes had been given an ultimatum to register under government, as failure to comply means automatic closure and prosecution by the government.
Finally, he disclosed that 20 of the children are currently under rehabilitation in government homes across the state, saying the physically challenged with Down’s syndrome are in the hospital, while one that is seriously ill is also in the hospital.