The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, yesterday brought succour to children at the Safe Our Souls (SOS) Orphanage Home, Isolo, Lagos State. He donated a cow, several bags of rice, noodles and other food items to the centre as support for the children’s upkeep.
Idris, who had earlier paid similar visits to Little Saints and Ijamido orphanages located at Egbeda and Sango respectively, said the gesture was borne out of his belief that every child deserved a home and should be cared for.
The police chief, who was represented by the Area D Commander, Soji Akinbayo, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), said taking destitute children off the streets would prevent their being used by hoodlums.
He said: “We came here to donate items to the SOS Children’s Village. I was sent by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to bring these items for the use of the children here. The IGP is trying to introduce a new dimension into the system. He wants people to know that despite the tedious nature of our work, we are humans too and we care for the less privileged in our midst.
“What we are trying to do is take some of these children off the street to avoid their being used by hoodlums to steal phones, other items. These homes were created to take abandoned children off the street and give them a family to grow in.
“We belief that when children do not have this kind of facility to stay in and people to donate, they become vulnerable and easily take to crime. I want the children to be encouraged and take their studies seriously. They should understand that no matter their backgrounds, they still have a bright future.”
Receiving the items on behalf of the facility, the Family Based Coordinator, Mrs. Bunmi Onifade, said a total of 126 persons brought into the home have been resettled since inception.
She said they were resettled after they graduated from higher institutions and became independent; adding that the facility had about 123 children and teenagers it was currently catering for. Onifade said: “We appreciate these gifts from the office of IG of Police and pray that God will replenish their pocket and their support to mankind will be noticed.”