Statistics from the Lagos State ministry of Youth and Social Development reveal that in the past one year, about 150 females were raped, while 31 abandoned babies were rescued on the streets of Lagos.
The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, at a press briefing in Ikeja on Tuesday explained that a total of 57,350 schoolchildren benefited from individual and group counselling sessions to curb truancy, gangsterism and other social vices. 150 reported cases of sexual and physical abuse were officially recorded, while five pregnant schoolchildren were assisted to access adequate ante-natal and delivery services and were also integrated back into school.
Akinbile-Yussuf said also that 85 suspected rapists and pedophiles had been taken to court while the cases were still pending, while 31 babies, comprising 19 females and 12 males, abandoned by their parents, were rescued in the last one year on the streets of Lagos. 74 babies were released for adoption, while 81 adoptions were legalized through the family courts.
The state government took 1,340 beggars, the destitute and the mentally-challenged off the streets of Lagos. A total of 590 rehabilitees were released and re-united with their relations for re-integration. Also in the last one year, the state handled 634 juvenile cases out of which 26 juveniles were repatriated to their countries after due consultation with their embassies.
The Child Protection Unit is responsible for the rescue and referral of all abandoned babies and children in the state to orphanages and homes. It also carries out child audit on the registered orphanages to decongest the homes and discourage institutionalization.
The commissioner said that the state government provides medical and vocational facilities to help in turning the lives of beggars around. About 147 rehabilitees are currently undergoing vocational training at the Lagos State Rehabilitation and Training Centre, Majidun.