Imo Assembly moves to prohibit baby factories

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OWERRI – The House of Assembly on Wednesday began moves check the incidences of baby racketeering, factories and every other arrangement by which are sold.

The bill was sponsored by the Committee on Women Affairs, Mrs Adaku Iheoma, representing (APC Aboh Mbaise).

Presenting the bill on the floor of the House, Ihuoma said its objective was criminalise every form of baby racketeering which had not been captured in the Child Rights Act.

Iheoma stated the bill was expected prohibit the sale of any guise as well as protect the rights of from conception birth.

“The catering for pregnant women with the aim of selling their upon their delivery also be prohibited.’’

Iheoma, who is also the Majority of the House, also pointed the incident of baby factories had become rampant.

The bill recommended a prison term of five years or an option of N5 million fine, the shutdown of the premises used for the business and the confiscation of the property by the government.

She called for a speedy passage of the bill to dissuade perpetrators of the heinous crime from continuing.

Contributing to the motion, the member representing Orsu State Constituency, Mr Stan Dara (PDP), said the option of fine should be removed.

Dara said offenders would want to avoid a jail term due to the provision of a fine, and called for a stiffer punishment.

Also contributing, Mr Celestine Ngaobiwu (Obowo PDP), supported the bill and called for life imprisonment for offenders without any option of fine.

In her contribution, another member of the House, Mrs Ngozi Pat-Ekeji, called for the sack of any government employee involved in baby racketeering.

Also in support of the bill, Mr Emeka Nwofor, (APC Ngor-Okpala) called for proper enlightenment of the to ensure were fully aware of the consequences of the act.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Donatus Ozoemena (APC Oru West) who presided plenary, then set a five- committee headed by Barr. Victor Mere (PDP Isu) to handle the bill.

Ozoemena charged the members of the committee to handle the bill objectively by convening a hearing on the bill which he described as sensitive.

The committee had been given three weeks to submit their report to the House.

Other members of the committee are; Mrs Ngozi Pat-Ekeji (Ahiazu Mbaise PDP), Chino Obioha (APC Njaba), Robertson Ekwebelem ( PDP Onuimo), and Victor Mere (APGA Owerri Municipal).

In another development, the House also confirmed Mr Clinton Ihejiagwa as the Interim of Orsu Local Government Area, following his screening by a three- committee.

The committee was headed by Ikechukwu Amuka (APC Ideato South). (NAN)