The Lagos State Government has sealed no fewer than three baby factories and rescued 162 abandoned babies, sexually abused children among others.
The State Government also removed from the streets 1,680 children, beggars, destitute, mentally challenged persons, to ensure sanity returns to roads in the state.
Agboola Dabiri, the commissioner for youths and social development, gave the statistics, on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, duringa ministerial press briefing in Ikeja. He lamented that parents attitude towards their children were not improving.
Dabiri said: “To ensure protection for children in Lagos State, we have shut three illegal orphanages homes. Of these, one operates as baby factory while two others were unregistered homes.
“The children and teenagers rescued from the baby factory and homes were placed at government approved homes for care and protection,” Dabiri added. Aside from the children being rescued from the homes, the commissioner complained that parents abuse their children rights which was captured under Child’s Right Law 2015.
As part of effort to ensure their rights were protected in Lagos, Dabiri said, “162 Children who were rescued during the period under review, comprises 62 Males and 100 Females.
He added: “Also, 1,680 beggars/destitute/mentally challenged persons and street children were rescued off the streets of Lagos out of which 1,299 rehabilitee were released to their relations for re-integration.”
The commissioner however, decried the rate of drug abuse and other social vices among the youth. He said it was a menace which had become a “cankerworm”, vowing, however, that the state government was ready to tackle and fight it to a standstill.
The commissioner said that drug abuse among the youth had gone beyond the conventional use of marijuana and cigarette smoking.
“They are now into strange things like intake of codeine, tramadol, mixture of soda drinks and bleach, toothpaste, use of LCD tablets, even to the extent of the use of the venom of black mamba snake.
“A lot of programmes have been lined up to tackle the menace and we will fight it to a standstill. We are equally engaging non governmental agencies and youth organisations for them to sensitise their members and youths on peaceful conduct,” the commissioner added.
According to him, the state government in 2016 developed and launched the state’s youth policy, a document guiding the conduct and affairs of youths in the state.
He said that the government, to address the upsurge of youth unemployment, trained a total of 13, 314 youths in various vocations.