The Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr. Zahara’u Muhammad Umar, has cleared the air of confusion surrounding rumours over allegations of assault against a senior staff of the state’s Children’s Home, Nassarawa.
Making the clarification in her office during a press briefing held on Sunday, Dr. Zahara’u traced the source of the allegation to two female inmates of the home, which she described as scandalous.
Setting the record straight, the commissioner said, pained by the refusal of the senior staff to give in to constant demand for foodstuff for personal family use, the two resorted to false accusations and other evil machinations.
Throwing more light on the matter, she said, the two female inmates who have previously been married off to different men, have constantly remained a source of worry and embarrassment to the children’s home.
According to the Commissioner, the female grown-ups who are both above 30 years of age, have refused to abide by an order to vacate the home, in compliance with the rules governing the home which does not have provision for inmates above the age of 18.
To further pave ways for their exit, she said the two were equally settled, by offering one a permanent and pensionable job at one of the state’s ministries, while the commissioner herself secured admission for the other in a School of Nursing and Midwifery. Yet, the duo refused to leave the children’s home.
The two badly behaved adults, she asserted, have so far remained a bad influence on other little inmates, and a big threat to the smooth administration of the home.
She, therefore, stated that the ministry has resolved to send the adults packing, as recommended by the committee earlier set up to investigate the rumoured allegations, and found some false.
Also speaking during the briefing, the Chairman of the Child Fostering Committee, Malam Kabiru Zubairu, cleared the Commissioner of further allegations surrounding the question of child fostering.
The chairman also explained how one of the two scandalous adults in the home-recorded five cases of gross misconduct, including the one that led to her being divorced and rejected by five different foster parents.
He also added weight to findings by the committee of investigation that the allegations were false, by displaying written confessional statements from other inmates and the two female grown-ups in question, categorically denying any form of assault by any staff of the Nassarawa Children’s Home.