All adoptions in the state would be carried out through the Ministry for Women Affairs and Social Development.
The Imo Government said on Tuesday that it had commenced the recertification of orphanages, destitute and maternity homes to stem the increasing rate of baby making factories in the state.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mma Onyechere, said this at the presentation of certificate to Regina Caeli Motherless Babies and Destitute Home in Nguru, Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area.
Mrs. Onyechere said the ministry would not give new licences to any orphanage, destitute or maternity homes that failed to meet the new requirements for recertification.
According to her, the exercise was aimed at curbing the maltreatment and illegal sale of babies by proprietors of such homes.
She advised the director of the establishment to abide by the stipulated guidelines, adding that the ministry would continue to conduct unscheduled inspections to orphanages in the state.
The commissioner said the ministry would not hesitate to withdraw the licence of any recertified home that failed to live up to expectations.
Mrs. Onyechere said that all adoption of babies/children must be handled by the ministry to avoid possible harm to the children.
She also noted that the trade in babies had continued to thrive because the society supported it, and urged members of the public to shun the practice and report homes involved in such activities.
Earlier, the Director of the home, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu-Udoaku, appealed to the state government to hasten the release of annual subventions to orphanages and homes in the state.
Mrs. Nwachukwu-Udoaku said the subvention would enable them effect the payment of bills incurred in running the home.
“Running this home is time consuming, energy sapping and capital intensive. We appeal to the government to effect the prompt payment of bills incurred in the running of this home by hastening the release of annual subventions which we receive,” she said.
She, however, appealed to public spirited individuals to contribute their quota to the upkeep of children in such homes.