3rd September, 2010
The Lagos State Children Transit Home in Idi Araba, Mushin, Lagos, Nigeria is now overcrowdedÂ with inmates.
The four-room apartment now houses more than 75 male and female children. The children are nowÂ sleeping on the bare floor.
P.M.NEWS checks revealed that the overcrowding was due to the state government’s decision toÂ close illegal orphanages in the state. When the illegal orphanages were closed, the childrenÂ were transferred to the recognized ones.
When P.M.NEWS visited the home, more than 75 children were seen around the place but theÂ inmates have turned their dinning area into sleeping rooms.
When P.M.NEWS attempted to speak with the deputy head of the orphanage, who did not mention hisÂ name, he declined to comment on the situation claiming that he was not authorized to speak onÂ the matter.
Pressed further, he said they are handling the situation with care while trying every meansÂ possible to reduce the number of inmates adding that state government has been making effortsÂ to secure better accommodation for the children.