By Sarah NEGEDU
Approximately N24 million was spent in apprehending, evacuating and rehabilitating beggars and destitute in the FCT between January and June 2021, the FCT Administration has revealed.
According to the FCTA Social Development Secretariat, the amount was also expended on rehabilitating, mentally unstable/impaired persons and repatriating most of then to their states of origin.
The SDS Secretary, Hajiya Hadiza Kabir, while presenting a scorecard of the FCT Administration as it affects the social aspect of the territory, said the affected persons were apprehended across the territory inline with the Administration’s aim of ridding the streets of hawkers, beggars and destitute.
Though the secretariat was silent on the state of origins of the repatriated persons, Hajiya Kabir said the secretariat did refer cases to several state liaison offices, hospitals orphanages, police and immigration offices during the period.
She said the secretariat also trained and gave starter packs to 452 commercial sex workers who were recently taken off the streets and rehabilitated.
The Secretary is optimistic that with the trainings and skills acquired, the rehabilitated commercial workers will contribute significantly to the country’s GDP.
Reacting to questions on what the Administration is doing to end Gender-Based Violence, GBV, the Director Gender, Mrs. Grace Yilo, said that the FCTA is embarking on massive sensitisation and campaign on the dangers of GBV in the society.
While acknowledging that domestic violence cuts across genders, she stressed that the department would not permit the violation of human rights in any form especially the violation of the child-right Act.
On efforts being put in place to make the Mpape Crush Rock site a global tourist attraction, the Director Tourism of thesecretariat, Mrs. Ijeoma Ochonu, said the FCTA is currently working to ensure safety of visitors and tourists to the site.