Ajuwon (not real name) - a victim of Factory Accident

On the 9th July, 2012, Ashimolowo Olubunmi Rufina, chairperson Gender Development Initiative (GenDi) went to the Orthopedic section of an hospital in Abeokuta (name of hospital withheld) to check on a patient. She noticed a child whose 3 fingers (right) were missing. She enquired from the boy and an elderly man who sat by his side what the problem was. Investigation revealed that the accident happened while he was operating a machine in a factory (name of factory withheld). His parents were separated and have never come to see him in the hospital and so he was forced to live on philanthropists gestures. This according to people has hindered the execution of required operations
Ashimolowo liaised with Mr. Opeyemi Olowookere of Save the African Child Development Initiative (STACDI) same day who visited the hospital along with Ashimolowo and intervention started on the poor boy. Investigation by GenDi and STACDI revealed that the accident happened while he was operating a machine in a factory and that ever since the owner of the factory (bakery) had abandoned him. His parents were separated and have never come to see him in the hospital and so he was forced to live on philanthropists gestures. This according to people has hindered the execution of required operations
Ashimolowo liaised with Mr. Opeyemi Olowookere of save the African Child Initiative same day who visited the hospital along with Ashimolowo. The nurses on duty prevented the 2 NGOs from intervening in the case. A letter was written to the management of the hospital seeking to take statement from the boy. The letter is yet to be acknowledged by the hospital concerned up till now. The Citizens Right Department of the State was liaised with.
The management of the Bakery was invited for a meeting. After much deliberations, it was agreed that the Bakery offset all hospital expenses. The bakery is also to undertake all expenses related to yet to be performed operations.

On the 4th October, 2012, another meeting was held. 3 conditions were asked to be met by the Bakery. They are:
1. Re-union with either the parents of Ajuwon.
2. Payment of Compensation to a bank for Ajuwon pending the time he would be of age
3. Putting Ajuwon back to school.
On the 11th October 2012. GenDi travelled to Yewa to see re-unite Ajuwon with his family. The team visited Ajuwon’s father who was very ill at his farm. The team was led by Ajuwon’s grandmother to the farm.
The team asked Ajuwon’s father if he would be willing to care for Ajuwon in case the Bakery refuses to allow Ajuwon to stay with them after paying the compensations. Ajuwon’s father said he would be willing to take care of Ajuwon should situations arise. Ajuwon father’s junior wife joined the team and she was asked if she is willing to allow Ajuwon to stay with her. She said she would take care of Ajuwon in case there is a need for him to come back and stay with the family.
The representative of Ajowon’s family promised that the family is ready to work together with GenDi to ensure that Ajuwon lives a meaningful life.

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