NGO Laments  increase in dumping of new newborn babies at refuse dump sites  in Yenagoa

Chairperson of the Bayelsa state Gender Response Team (GRT) and founder, Do-Foundation, Barr. Dise Ogbise  has lamented  the  incessant dumping of new born babies by unknown persons in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa state

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She blame the ugly development on poverty and promiscuity amongst young girls, adding that young women who have difficulties in taking care of their babies should contact her office rather than killing innocent lives.


She described the act as illegal, warning that if caught perpetrators would be arrested for murder, prosecuted and jailed.

she spoke at heels of  the Residents of Okaka area on Saturday waking up  to a bizarre experience as a newborn baby was seen dumped at a waste evacuating cubic in front of Okaka Primary School.


Eye witness account told that  residents who went early in the morning to dump refuse saw the little baby wrapped in an Ankara wrapper and was crying helplessly.


It was gathered that the first witnesses raised the alarm which attracted a crowd from the neighbourhood but no help came the way of the innocent infant until it later died of excessive cold.


As at the time of filing this report, the sex of the dead baby could not be ascertained just as passersby were still struck with awe and sympathy, waiting for the police to evacuate the remains of the baby.


Men of the Bayelsa state Environmental Sanitation Authority (BESA) who were on the monthly sanitation exercise made a brief stopover at the scene of the incidence.


Director of Waste Management, BESA, Comrade Ebitto Alazigha, who condemned the dastardly act, enjoined residents to monitor their neighbours on what they take to dump sites, noting that the authority would put measures in place to check the menace.


It could be recalled that dumping of live babies has become a recurring decimal in the Yenagoa municipality.


For instance, a newborn was found dead two weeks  ago at Okutukutu dump site in the capital city.

Similarly, other babies were recently dumped at the popular Etegwe-Tombia Roundabout as well as Opolo waste dump sites.


An eye witness who gave her name simply as Ebimoere said “it’s unfortunate that innocent children are being wasted in Bayelsa because most of the parents of these unfortunate children were not ready for child birth but went into relationships to get immediate material needs.”

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