Ogun acquires 2.2 hectares of land for rehabilitation of destitutes
The Ogun government on Wednesday said it had acquired 2.2 hectares of land around Kobape area in Abeokuta for proposed rehabilitation centre for destitutes .
Dr Ranti Oladehinde, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, disclosed this while playing host to members of Ogun Assembly Committee on Women Affairs in Abeokuta.
The House committee were on oversight visit to the Ministry to appraise its budget performance between January and June.
The permanent secretary noted that by the time the centre started operation, destitutes would have been taken off the street across the state.
Oladehinde noted that the ministry had been rescuing destitutes on the road by making use of private rehabilitation homes, saying the state does not have a rehabilitation centre.
The permanent secretary disclosed that the ministry had rescued and rehabilitated 46 destitute and vagrant lunatics across the state.
She said that having a state owned rehabilitation centre would reduced the number of mentally challenged and destitutes in the state.
She also said that 625 family cases were handled by the Social Development Area Offices domiciled in the Local Government Areas between January and June.
“We have reconciled 97 estranged couples whose cases were referred to the ministry,” she said.
Responding, Hon. Sikiratu Ajibola, Committee Chairman, commended the ministry on its activities, saying that the ministry should always carry the assembly along in subsequent events.
Ajibola explained that the assembly would always be ready to assist the ministry when the need arises.
Other members of the committee included Honourables Modupe Mujota, Lateefat Ajayi, Bello Atinuke and Hon Lamidi Musefiu.