Oyo State Government on Tuesday said it has evacuated no fewer than 12 destitute and handed them over to an orphanage home, Almighty God Compassion Home for rehabilitation.
Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community Development and Social Welfare, Mrs. Atinuke Osunkoya, who led the crew of Social Workers to some areas in Ibadan, expressed the government’s readiness to get rid of destitute from the state.
Osunkoya in a statement sent to DAILY POST also disclosed that the state government had re-united three children apprehended under Mokola bridge with their families.
Osunkoya disclosed that the destitute, homeless children and the mentally deranged would be evacuated in order not to constitute a menace to the society, explaining that out of the 12 children handed over to the orphanage home, eleven were homeless and one was mentally deranged.
Osunkoya further explained that most of the destitute on the streets and under bridges had a right to survival, stressing that homeless children as well as physically challenged apprehended would be counseled and given a chance to have good living either by re-uniting them with their families or taking them to collaborating non-Governmental organisations.
She then urged parents to take good care of their wards, discourage them from loitering as well as desist from using them to beg for alms, warning that any parent who explored the innocence of his/her children to constitute a nuisance to the society will face the wrath of the law.
She assured that the state government would continue to maintain a healthy, clean and serene environment, noting that government would not relent in its efforts to create a better life for all its citizens.
Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Chief Isaac Ishola who led government officials to reunite the children with their family members reiterated the state government’s policy of safety of life and property for all and sundry.
He urged that parents should take adequate care of their children as many of these children were products of broken homes or parental maltreatment.