Lagos To Develop Home For Victims Of Human Trafficking
Apr 14, 2008 - Lagos State Government on Monday said it would soon establish a home for female (women and children) victims of Human Trafficking and Violence who desires rehabilitation as it reiterated a determination to step up the battle against barons of the illicit trade.
The plan was revealed by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Joke Adefulire Orelope who addressed newsmen at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre Alausa as part of activities marking the first year anniversary of Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN).
She explained that the decision to establish the home followed observations by the ministry that several victims of trafficking especially women who were innocently lured into the business do afterwards genuinely desire a rehabilitation centre where they can piece their lives together.
She saidcurrently the ministry has had to make do with a federally owned home which can not cope with the number of victims who after realizing the folly of their action decides to retrace their steps.
She appealed to parents to take good care of their wards and desist from the habit of turning kids into breadwinners saying the child rights law is already in place in Lagos and would be applied on anyone who run foul of its provisions.
She also informed that as a major move assisting parents of physically /mentally challenged children; the ministry would soon establish a multi purpose home for the challenged children.
She added that the proposed home would have a physiotherapist and medical doctor in residence and would have all the necessary facilities that will ensure that the challenged children get the best out of life.
The Women Affairs Commissioner also disclosed that the State Governor has given approval in principle for the construction of additional five vocational skill centres to be located in Ajegunle, Itire- Ikate, Mushin , Ifako Ijaiye and Ibeju Lekki areas of the State.
She explained that the five new centres would be in addition to the twelve which are already functioning across the state and providing opportunities to about 2,945 students who are currently presently acquiring skills in the various centers.
As an improvement on the skills centre, Mrs Adefulire added that new skills like tile laying, welding, aluminium fabrication, welding, vulcanizing/wheel balancing and alignment are being considered for introduction at the skills centres.
Mrs Adefulire also told the audience that as part of the poverty alleviation programme of the ministry, additional hectares of land have been secured to cultivate Oil Palm seedlings whilst a medium scale Oil Palm processing Mill has been established in Abia farm, Badagry towards contributing to food security in the state.
The Commissioner also said as part of the beautification exercise of the environment being carried out by the state government, efforts are in the pipeline to provide mobile public toilets at strategic locations such as busy bus stops, taxi parks and markets.