The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said it had removed no less than 1,680 beggars and mentally-challenged persons from Lagos streets in the last one year.
It added that about 162 children were taken off the streets in the same period.
The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Agboola Dabiri, stated this at a press conference to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, adding that 1,299 of the destitute persons had been rehabilitated and reunited with their families.
Dabiri explained that of the 162 children rescued, 62 were males while 100 were females.
The commissioner further stated that 79 abandoned children were found in Lagos.
He said 15 girls were sexually abused; 28 other girls were physically abused, while 32 others were placed on care and shelter.
He said the government carried out reformatory services at the Lagos Rehabilitation and Training Centre, Majidun, specifically designed for rehabilitation of beggars and mentally challenged persons.
“The centre built as a transit home currently has a population of 1,288 rehabilitated persons undergoing medical treatment – psycho-social therapy, behavioural modification and social investigation,” he said.
Dabiri who lamented increase in the number of youths engaging in drug abuse, added that the government was working to tackle the surge.
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