By Samuel Adegoke
A day-old baby recovered in a bush in Igboho, a large community on Oyo State, has been named after Governor Seyi Makinde and his deputy Rauf Olaniyan.
The baby was abandoned by his yet-to-be-identified mother but was recovered on March 16 by a resident.
The baby boy, who was said to have been wrapped in a neat carton, was found in a bush at Akasa area of the town by a passer-by who was attracted by his innocent cry at about 10 pm on the fateful day.
The good samaritan was said to have alerted people living in the neighbourhood who later informed the police. Police took him (with his umbilical cord) to the general hospital in the town.
The management of the hospital was said to have reported the case to the caretaker chairman of Oorelope Local Government, Mr Adesola Yakubu, on Wednesday during which the state free health mission took place in Igboho.
Yakubu commended officials of the hospital for their efforts in saving the child. He pointed out that the baby’s chances of survival would have been grossly limited were it not for the huge number of drugs and personnel mobilized for the free health mission by the state government.
To show their appreciation, the caretaker chairman named the baby after Governor Makinde, his deputy Engr. Rauf Olaniyan and the local government Oorelope. He bears biblical Moses, who was also found, Oluwaseyi Rauf Oorelope. He adopted the baby on behalf of the local government.
Yakubu advised parents to always monitor their wards, particularly female children, to prevent unwanted pregnancies that could lead to child abandonment.
The search for the mother had commenced, Yakubu revealed.