Concerned that the number of vulnerable and abandoned children on the streets was growing, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) announced that it would soon begin aggressive operations to collect them and send them to various orphanages for proper care.
Hadiza Mohammed Kabir, the Mandate Secretary of the FCT’s Social Development Secretariat, gave the hint when she inspected the FCT Unity Children’s Home in Gwako, Gwagwalada Area Council.
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She stated that the administration has zero tolerance for child abuse and that vulnerable children will not be allowed to litter the streets.
Kabir, who expressed dissatisfaction that some of the territory’s expansive social welfare facilities were underutilized, promised that the Secretariat would develop programs aimed at optimizing the facilities.
The Secretary, who also paid a visit to the Gwagwalada Women Multi-purpose Food Processing Centre, expressed his dissatisfaction with the level of redundancy there.
She was also surprised that the multi-million naira equipment and machinery installed there had not been put to use or served the purpose for which it was built, despite the fact that it had been there for many years.
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The Secretariat, she said, was working on a package for women’s empowerment and would soon activate the Centre to boost economic growth.
While she charged the officials in charge of maintaining the facilities, she also stated that no acts of vandalism would be tolerated.
She also stated that the Secretariat has begun a number of reforms aimed at improving social services.