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General News of Wednesday, 14 June 2017


Oldest orphan thrown out of Tamale Children’s Home

Emmanuel Azure,oldest orphan at the Tamale Children Emmanuel Azure,oldest orphan at the Tamale Children

Information reaching DAILY GUIDE indicates that the oldest orphan at the Tamale Children’s Home in the Northern Region has been thrown out of the orphanage.

According to sources, Emmanuel Azure, 43, was ordered by Prosper Oye, the Northern Regional Director of Social Welfare, to leave the facility, indicating that he was instructed at the national level.

The orphan, who was brought to the orphanage as a baby, has nowhere to go due to the death of both parents.

Mr Azure has been sent to the rehabilitation center which is in a deplorable condition at the moment.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that Mr. Azure was a beneficiary of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme during Nana Oye Lithur, but he never received any money.

Emmanuel Azure, in an interview with DAILY GUIDE, wondered why he should be sacked from the home while other old inmates at Osu Children’s Home and Kumasi are all still at the orphanage.

“Why is it that the directors at Accra and Kumasi have not sacked the old orphans at their facilities but are only focusing on me.

According to him, “There is a reason why they are sacking me, they are using the Minister for Gender as an excuse.

He stated that he made a complaint to the Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Solomon Boar about the issue who promised to address it.

Mr. Azure appealed to the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba, to intervene in the matter because he has nowhere to go.

“I will like to appeal to the Gender Minister, the general public and NGOs, to assist me to secure a job to enable me take care of myself.”

He disclosed that he has skills in rope work that could be employed at the orphanage to teach some of the blind orphans.

The Northern Regional Director of Social Welfare, Prosper Oye, told DAILY GUIDE that the department has failed to empower Mr Azure over the years.

According to him, his continuous stay posed danger to the young orphans.

He denied the allegation that Azure was a LEAP beneficiary, adding that he could not have qualified because of his age.

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