By Akeem Sobiye, Abeokuta
Ogun State Government has adopted a nine-year-old minor, Master Korede Taiwo, who was chained for weeks by his father for stealing in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government area of the state.Â
The boy, who was rescued by the Nigeria Civil Defence Corp and the Nigerian Police, has since been admitted into the Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta.
Speaking during a visit to the boy at the hospital, Wife of the Governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun expressed satisfaction over the health of the child who is recuperating.
She note that the state government would take up the responsibility and educate the child by sponsoring his education.
“I am happy to see him active and responding to treatment and with the way things are he would soon be discharged from the hospital. The state government has taken full responsibility and would ensure his safety and his education,” she said.
Amosun’s wife condemned the maltreatment meted out to the boy by his father and charged parents to take good care of their children by providing for them to avoid situation that could lead them into stealing and other vices.
Reacting, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye noted that the state government would give the child the best in the areas of medical and social support, explaining that the boy would still be at the hospital for another week to enable him recuperate fully. He said Korede was strong and willing to come out of his health situation.
Responding, the Head of Department of Paediatric, Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Dr. (Mrs.) Morufat Ogundeyi said he was admitted for child abuse and chronic malnutrition and also be investigated if he has any other infection.
Ogundeyi said Korede needs special care and rehabilitation to help him develop and interact well with other children. She added that the child was mentally alert and if given opportunity he would do well like any normal child of his age.
Also speaking the State Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Olumide Ayeni said the present administration has zero tolerance to all forms of abuse and would take positive steps to ensure such situation was curbed.
He noted that the case had been taken take over in line with due process, adding that the culprit would be brought to book.