The House of Representatives has passed for second reading a bill for an act to establish the federal orphanage regulatory Agency in Nigeria
In his lead debate,the sponsor of the bill James owolabi from ifako ijaiye federal constituency of Lagos state said the agency when established will be saddled with the responsibility of coordinating and regulating all orphanage operators across the country.
He added that the legislation will seeks to ensure child rights standard to protect the rights and lives of orphans in the country as well as make child adoption procedure less strenuous for Nigerians.
The lawmaker noted that lack of legal framework guiding the operation of these orphanages had given room for criminals to hide under the pretext of running an orphanage home to carry out their evil activities.
Hon Owolabi added that the bill when passed will also help solve the challenges of baby factories, child trafficking, and other ills associated with the operation of illegal orphanages.
By Aisha Adesanya