The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said a total of 1, 340 beggars, destitute and mentally challenged persons were rescued off the streets of Lagos in the last one year, just as it said about 73, 664 patients were screened and helped to trace their homes through various media platforms.
The state Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Pharm. Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf said this at a news conference to mark one year of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in office on Tuesday.
He said, Government, in the period under review, released and re-united 590 rehabilitees with their relations for re-integration, while 1, 228 persons were rehabilitated at the Rehabilitation and Training Centre in Majidun.
He also stated that 43 drug dependents rehabilitees, who probably had lost hope, were restored back to their functional ability and another 20 placed under vocational training at the Rehabilitation and Vocational Training Centre in Isheri.
The Commissioner reeled out many other social interventions which the Ministry embarked upon in the last twelve months, said the development was part of the vision of Governor Ambode to create an environment that is safe, conducive and prosperous not only for investors but the citizenry in general.
Besides, the Commissioner reminded residents that the law banning street trading and begging is very much in force in the state, warning that government would not hesitate to apply the full wrath of the law when necessary.
She said: “In the last one year, the Lagos State Government under the leadership of His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode recorded many achievements in the area of social welfare and for instance, I can categorically tell you that a total of 634 Juvenile cases were successfully handled under the Family Social Services, while a total of 110 applications for adoption were successfully screened.
“Also, 150 reputed cases of sexual abuse and physical abuse were treated, while five pregnant school children were assisted to access adequate antenatal and delivery services. They were also assisted to be integrated back to school,” Akinbile-Yussuf said.