By: Sunny David/Awka
The Anambra State Commissioner for Social Welfare, Women and Children Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue says the Ministry remains resolute in ending child-related threats and improving social status of women.
Lady Ndidi stated this while briefing newsmen on the activities of her office since assumption of duty nine months ago.
Recounting the achievements of the Ministry in women and children welfare, the Commissioner said the Ministry kicked off its activities with a road show in collaboration with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, on the dangers of child trafficking and abuse.
She added that the successes of the 2018 Mothers’ Summit and Community Empowerment Tour were predicated on a clear blueprint, commending the state government for providing a solid platform for the achievements.
Answering questions on the menace of hawking among children, during school hours, and what the Ministry is doing to checkmate the trend, Lady Mezue said the State Steering Committee on Child Labour, an enforcement unit set up by the Ministry, made up of military and paramilitary agencies, has achieved successes in picking up children found during school hours, and taken them to a remand center at Abagana.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Azuka Offormata, who commented on the issue of child labour, noted that the Ministry has been proactive in the fight, saying it would not rest on its oars until the menace is totally eradicated in the state.