The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf has said that no fewer than 150 reported cases of sexual abuse were officially recorded, while 31 babies were abandoned on the streets of Lagos in the last one year.
Akinbile-Yussuf made this known at a press briefing in Ikeja on Tuesday. She said, “Also, a total of 57,350 schoolchildren benefitted from individual and group counseling sessions to curb truancy, gangsterism and other social vices. About 150 reported cases of sexual abuse and physical abuse were treated. Five pregnant schoolchildren were assisted to access adequate antenatal and delivery services. They were also integrated back into school.
She added that 31 babies, 19 females and 12 males, abandoned by their parents, were rescued in the last one year on the streets of Lagos.
“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 institutionalisation. A total of 31 babies – 19 females and 12 males were rescued during the period under review,” she said.
She explained that 74 babies were released for adoption, while 81 adoptions were legalised through the family courts.