[From JONATHAN AWANYAI, Asaba]
Officials of Delta State Ministry for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development have started ridding Asaba, the state capital of street beggars, destitute and mentally-ill persons.
In a chat with newsmen during the flag -off exercise of evacuation, Delta State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Mrs Flora Alatan reiterated the need for a more conducive and secure Delta state.
While fielding questions from journalists during the flag off exercise which commenced from the Summit Road axis of Asaba, Alatan pointed how the presence of these person’s defaced the State and recalled the numerous times she received calls on how mentally challenged persons threatened the lives of peaceful and law-abiding citizens within the state.
She said it was the duty of the State government through the ministry who worked with trado-medical practitioners to rehabilitate mentally challenged persons and reunite them with their families after full recovery.
Interviewing some of the destitute caught begging on the streets particularly children, the women affairs commissioner was alarmed to see that most of them were not from Delta State but from Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Ebonyi among others.
The exercise witnessed the chase and capturing of these mentally challenged persons by skilled male and female nurses, the repatriation of the destitute not from Delta State back to their states and the presentation of monetary tokens to some of them.