#Danacrash: Lagos gets foster parents for victims’ children

by Stanley Azuakola

Their story was one of the most touching from the Dana crash.  Three kids, sent on an errand by their parents, and in the short time it took to go and return, tragedy had dropped from the skies, killing their parents Jeremiah and Josephine Okwuchukwu.

Homeless and helpless, the kids—Joel Okwuchukwu (11), Chisom Okwuchukwu (9) and Esther Okwuchukwu (7)—found relief when the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola visited the scene of the crash. The governor took them to the Government House, promising to take care of them until a relative could be found.

Unfortunately, the kids claimed that they knew only one relative, an uncle in Abuja named Tony who hasn’t still been located.

According to a PUNCH report, the government now plans to hand over the three children to foster parents who would care for them. Already, the government has found a willing couple.

A source, who spoke with the paper, said that “As at two days ago when we had a meeting with the deputy governor, she told us that the children would be handed over to their new parents anytime from now.”

The source also said that somehow the government tracked a few family members of the deceased couple, and while the younger brother of the children’s father was still young and unable to care for them, other relatives who showed interest in taking care of the kids did not have the means.

This informed the government’s decision to look for a foster family for the kids. Luckily, it seems that the government has found a willing and “well-to-do family to take care of the kids.’’

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