Reps Endorse Bill Seeking To Regulate Orphanage Homes In FCT

Reps Endorse Bill Seeking To Regulate Orphanage Homes In FCT

The House of Representatives has passed for second reading, the Federal Capital Territory Orphanage (Registration and Regulatory) Agency Bill 2020, which seeks to regulate orphanage homes and other charity facilities and operations in the Federal Capital Territory. THE WILL reports.

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Sponsored by a member of the House, Babatunde Adejare, the legislation is titled, ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish the Federal Capital Territory Orphanage (Registration and Regulatory) Agency to Regulate the Establishment and Administration of Orphanages and other Related Institutions in the Federal Capital Territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and for Related Matters.’

Adejare had, on July 5, 2020, introduced the bill in a bid to prevent illegal charity homes and orphanages, also referred to as ‘baby factories,’ in Abuja. Information Guide Nigeria

According to Adejare, the bill seeks to “Regulate the establishment and administration of orphanages and homes for neglected children to prevent the current trend towards ‘baby factories’ and other related institutions in the Federal Capital Territory.”

“Any person or organisation that contravenes the provisions of this bill, commits an offence under this bill”. jamb results

“Where an offence under this bill is committed by an individual, the person shall be liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years or a fine not exceeding N5m, or both. Where an offence under this bill is committed by an organisation, the organisation shall be liable to a fine not exceeding N10m”, the Bill stated

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