Ekiti State Government has raided streets of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital and Ikere-Ekiti to remove more than fifty destitute, beggars, miscreants and lunatics for necessary rehabilitation before re-uniting them with their families to begin a normal life.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Social Development and Gender Empowerment, Chief (Mrs.) Moji Fafure who spoke with journalist in her office after the exercise in Ado-Ekiti said the move became necessary to clear the streets of such deranged people that are becoming a nuisance and could pose threat to public peace.
The Commissioner who noted that the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has not limited his benevolence to healthy people alone thanked the Governor for releasing money on monthly basis to clothe, feed and purchase various drugs for the persons with disabilities.
Chief Fafure assured that the deranged people removed off the streets were taken to the Government Rehab Centre for needed care and rehabilitation after which they will be released to their relations if they are ready to sign undertakings that they would not be found roaming the streets again, especially the State Capital and its environs.
The Commissioner who explained that government officials have held meetings with stakeholders, especially the Sheriki of the Hausa Community on how to cater for the deranged and persons with disabilities, expressed her satisfaction at the conduct of the Caregivers at the Government Rehab Centre and the way they care for the inmates with several other incentives to ensure that they live normal life.
The Executive Secretary, Office for Disability Affairs, Dr. Ayodele Ibikunle thanked the Governor of the State for creating a special office to cater for the welfare of Persons with Disabilities in the State and for his prompt responses and approval for things that have to do with caring for them.
Dr. Ibikunle who pleaded with Ekiti people not to treat physically challenged family members with disdain but give them the needed special care and attention assured Ekiti residents that the rescue operation would be a regular exercise to clear the streets off the nuisance and to give succor to the indigents, deranged and people with disabilities.
Last modified: August 22, 2019