By Sarah NEGEDU
The Secretary, FCT Social Development Secretariat, Hadiza Kabir, has expressed displeasure over what she described as the underutilisation of facilities provided for social welfare in the territory.
Kabir who spoke with journalists shortly after inspecting some facilities under her purview, was particularly shocked at the level of redundancy at the Gwagwalada Women Multi-purpose Food Processing Centre.
She regretted that after several years of its establishment, the food processing centre is yet to serve its purpose or even put to good use the multi-million naira equipment and machineries installed there.
The Mandate Secretary therefore assured that the Secretariat will develop programmes targeted at optimising the facilities, adding that SDS is already working on some women empowerment packages that would soon activate the centre to boost economic growth.
The Secretary who also visited the FCT Unity Children’s Home, located in Gwako, in Gwagwalada Area Council, said the secretariat would soon begin aggressive operations aimed at picking vulnerable and abandoned children off the streets and deploying them to various orphanages for proper care.
Kabir who noted that there was an increase in the number of vulnerable and abandoned children on the streets the FCT, said the administration has zero tolerance for child abuses and won’t allow vulnerable children to litter its streets.
While charging the managers and officials to properly maintain and secure the facilities, the Secretary warned that no act of vandalism would be tolerated as secretariat is poised at enhancing social services across the territory.