According to reports, the Ogun Government on Wednesday said it has rehabilitated and reunited no fewer than 202 lunatics, beggars and destitute with their relatives between January and July, 2016.
Nike Osoba , Special Adviser to the State Governor on Women Affairs, made this known when he received members of the state’s House of Assembly Committee on Women Affairs, in her officer in Abeokuta.
Osoba said that three vagrant lunatics and destitute were rehabilitated and returned to Ekiti and Enugu states for reunification with their families.
She also said that 14 “lost-but-found children’’, children-beyond-parental-control and children-in-conflict-with-the-law were reformed and reunited with their family members.
On loan disbursement, the governor’s aide said that the disbursement of N200 million to women groups across the state was in progress.
She said some of the challenges faced by her office and the Ministry of Women Affairs included lack of monitoring vehicles for micro-credit scheme and for tracking and apprehending lunatics and children roaming the streets.
She said that though the ministry was not a revenue generating agency, it generated N3.9 million during the period.
Osoba explained that the revenue was generated from registration of voluntary organisations and administrative charges.
She pleaded with the assembly to accelerate the passage of the amended Child Rights and Gender-Based Violence Bills when brought to the house, saying that the bills were already with the Ministry of Justice.
Responding, Chairman of the committee, Yetunde Sogbehin, promised that the legislature would fast-track the passage of the amended bills.
She said that the bills would systematically protect children and women against trafficking, abuse, neglect, rape, domestic violence and other social vices.
The lawmaker urged the ministry to always carry the assembly members along in