By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Experts have tasked the federal government to find urgent solution to worsening insecurity especially radicalization of youths and maternal mortality in the country.
A Benin-based human rights activist, Ogbebor Eghosa-Osaze made the call during a programme for orphans and vulnerable children as part of activities to mark Eghosa-Osaze birthday celebration at the weekend in Benin City.
On his part, the Coordinator Centre for Good Governance and Co-Chairman of the Governing Council Board of the Ambrose Ali University, AAU, Mr Austin Osakue, and a Surgeon, Dr Fidelis Ozoba who spoke through Dr Udomor Ozoba and Ebiuwa Eghosa-Ogbebor, listed other causes of population of orphans explosion to include dearth of functional education and failed health-care system.
Others challenges that were highlighted are poor care services , poor enforcement of national policy on family planning and traditional preference for male children.
They also sued for strengthening of campaign for donation of blood by the public for emergencies at the labour wards.
In a welcome address, the Convener of the Programme for Orphans, tagged ‘One life Count Campaign’, Comrade Ogbebor Eghosa-Osaze, argued that despite success of the Children of Hope Project launched by federal government’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief, PEPFAR in collaboration with European Co-operative for Rural Development, Widows and Orphans empowerment in 2008, Nigeria at the moment has over 20 million orphans and vulnerable children.
He explained that when orphans are neglected, their vulnerability to HIV-AIDS infection, poverty, illiteracy, teenage pregnancy and sexual exploitation .
Some of the orphans who spoke including, Pamela Iwinosa and Destiny Iwinosa, called on the government to partner with international organizations, support NGO’s, Community-based Organizations (CBO’s), corporate bodies, media and the judiciary to care for orphans and vulnerable in society in order to overcome the problems.