Source: Bayelsa daily online
Aug 28, 2021
Report reaching Bayelsa Daily Online desk has it that a newborn baby boy was found dead at a refuse dump site, near Okaka primary school, in Yenagoa local government area.
It was learnt that the abandoned corpse of the baby was discovered by sanitation officials and residents of the area who came out in the wee hours to dump refuse during the monthly sanitation across the state.
According to a mother, madam Jane Lagos who was infuriated by the act reigned curses on the perpetrator of the act,
According to madam Lagos, “It will not be well with this woman who abandoned this innocent child here to suffer and die under the cold of the night,” I was at home this morning when I heard people talking about the ugly incident, so I immediately ran down to witness it, behold I saw the baby.
“As a mother, it is devastating for a woman to carry a baby in her womb and after 9 months of the pains of labour, abandoned the child this way to die. We are talking about the life of a human being here ; this is painful for a woman to do this.”
Reacting to the incident, Chairperson of Do-foundation, Barrister Dise Ogbia Erhisere, who condemned the act, decried the upsurege of children abandonment at refuse dump site within Yenagao metropolis advised perpetrators to approach the foundation which mandate was to project the girl-child.
Also, President of Yenagoa Federated Youth council, Mr. Ineife Perekosifa, attributed the cause of incident to poor parenting and lack of care by guardians.
His words , “Our campaign as a body has always been strong against teenage pregnancy, which could be one of the possible causes of this incident.
“Our campaign will not stop until we reduce the high rate of teenage pregnancy and other effects of it.
I’m concerned because this is a potential that has been wasted this morning, and we pray that the government of the day will put in place the needed apparatus to curb this menace that has affected the state as a whole.
Describing the act as the third in just a few weeks, narrated that It started in Okutukutu community, then later in Opolo and now in Okaka, noted that it has sent a wrong precedent that is now becoming a norm.
“As at 9 am, the police and officers of Ekeki division were seen around the area maintaining peace, but the corpse was still at the site despite several efforts by concerned residents.
Meanwhile officials of of the sanitation authority, the media and other health workers visited the site severally and left without evacuating the corpse. #radiobauelsa