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OLD STUDENTS DEMAND FOR OVERHAUL OF FORMER COLLEGE OVER SEXUAL ABUSE

The former students of Stephen Children Home, located in Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital on Tuesday appealed to   Federal Government to investigate alleged sexual assault and maladministration going on at the headquarters of the institution.

The school under the umbrella of a Non-Governmental Organization, known as Voice of Martyrs,was established in Abeokuta, in 2000 to accommodate displaced children across Nigeria, which focused more on displaced children of the northern part of the country.

The National body under the aegis of Concern Past Students addressing a press conference at Iwe-Iroyin, Press Centre in Abeokuta also accused the Director of the School of sexually molesting female students.

However, Director, Isaac Oluwole Newton-Wusu in a swift response denied the allegation arguing that the ex-students were being sponsored to blackmail him.

But at the briefing two of the female ex-students who came with their parents openly narrated their ordeal, insisting that the Director sexually abused them, stressing that findings still showed that the inhuman treatment were still ongoing in the school.

Speaking, National Coordinator of the old students Ado Nicodemus -Baggiwa lamented the poor welfare package of the home being given to the students which they insisted still persists till date

He further added that they have lost six students in just few years due to total negligence and poor health care facility in spite of all the funds donated by charity foundations both home and abroad, just as he pointed out that donations the school received from USA, Netherland, Australia, Canada, Poland and Nigerian Churches for the same project were not duly expended on the students.

The alumnus further appealed to government, organisations, ministries in charge of orphanage homes as well as, Non-Governmental Organisations in charge of child protection and international donors  to help rise to the  worrisome development and save the future of the home and school.

Baggiwa emphasized that, in view of the allegations, called for total overhauling and restructuring of the school to meet the intended goal and the law of the land, insisting on a close monitoring of the system by the supervisory government bodies which include Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development Affairs and other relevant bodies.

He also advocated for a public hearing of the allegations on the floor of national assembly or the state house of assembly to " provide a wide spread platform for fair hearing and serve as deterrent to many who use our predicament for exploitation".

"We also call on the African Union, United Nations, and International human rights bodies to look into the exploitation of the funding foreign bodies who may have accrued funds with out stories and did not deliver same to the right course",he said

"The press conference is our only avenue to voice our concern, seek for justice and continuity of the Stephens Children Home / School in a manner that will provide sanity and true productivity. We have no strength or any ability to confront the director in anyway’, he added

"Therefore, we seek for the active involvement of the civil rights society organisation and relevant government authorities to come to our aid".

While further narrating their ordeal, two female old students of the school, Mary Jones and Deborah Bala insisted that government should take up the matter.

In her own narration, Bala  alleged that the director sexually assault her at the age of 13 years when she was in JSS 2, adding  that whenever she was with the Director, she would be unconscious until the deeds were done, alleging that the Director always drugged her and kiss her as well as having canal knowledge of her.

Similarly, Jones in her contribution said as student the Director molested her because she refused being sexually assault by him.

When contacted on phone, the Director, Newton-Wusu described the allegation as plans to remove him as the Director of the home." They are sponsored and it is a plan to remove me as the Director of the home. I can't comment further', he stated.

Meanwhile, present at the conference were members of Child Protection Network, CPN, Ogun State Chapter The former students of Stephen Children Home, located in Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital on Tuesday appealed to   Federal Government to investigate alleged sexual assault and maladministration going on at the headquarters of the institution.

The school under the umbrella of a Non-Governmental Organization, known as Voice of Martyrs,was established in Abeokuta, in 2000 to accommodate displaced children across Nigeria, which focused more on displaced children of the northern part of the country.

The National body under the aegis of Concern Past Students addressing a press conference at Iwe-Iroyin, Press Centre in Abeokuta also accused the Director of the School of sexually molesting female students.

However, Director, Isaac Oluwole Newton-Wusu in a swift response denied the allegation arguing that the ex-students were being sponsored to blackmail him.

But at the briefing two of the female ex-students who came with their parents openly narrated their ordeal, insisting that the Director sexually abused them, stressing that findings still showed that the inhuman treatment were still ongoing in the school.

Speaking, National Coordinator of the old students Ado Nicodemus -Baggiwa lamented the poor welfare package of the home being given to the students which they insisted still persists till date

He further added that they have lost six students in just few years due to total negligence and poor health care facility in spite of all the funds donated by charity foundations both home and abroad, just as he pointed out that donations the school received from USA, Netherland, Australia, Canada, Poland and Nigerian Churches for the same project were not duly expended on the students.

The alumnus further appealed to government, organisations, ministries in charge of orphanage homes as well as, Non-Governmental Organisations in charge of child protection and international donors  to help rise to the  worrisome development and save the future of the home and school.

Baggiwa emphasized that, in view of the allegations, called for total overhauling and restructuring of the school to meet the intended goal and the law of the land, insisting on a close monitoring of the system by the supervisory government bodies which include Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development Affairs and other relevant bodies.

He also advocated for a public hearing of the allegations on the floor of national assembly or the state house of assembly to " provide a wide spread platform for fair hearing and serve as deterrent to many who use our predicament for exploitation".

"We also call on the African Union, United Nations, and International human rights bodies to look into the exploitation of the funding foreign bodies who may have accrued funds with out stories and did not deliver same to the right course",he said

"The press conference is our only avenue to voice our concern, seek for justice and continuity of the Stephens Children Home / School in a manner that will provide sanity and true productivity. We have no strength or any ability to confront the director in anyway’, he added

"Therefore, we seek for the active involvement of the civil rights society organisation and relevant government authorities to come to our aid".

While further narrating their ordeal, two female old students of the school, Mary Jones and Deborah Bala insisted that government should take up the matter.

In her own narration, Bala  alleged that the director sexually assault her at the age of 13 years when she was in JSS 2, adding  that whenever she was with the Director, she would be unconscious until the deeds were done, alleging that the Director always drugged her and kiss her as well as having canal knowledge of her.

Similarly, Jones in her contribution said as student the Director molested her because she refused being sexually assault by him.

When contacted on phone, the Director, Newton-Wusu described the allegation as plans to remove him as the Director of the home." They are sponsored and it is a plan to remove me as the Director of the home. I can't comment further', he stated.

Meanwhile, present at the conference were members of Child Protection Network, CPN, Ogun State Chapter

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