The Lagos State Government on Tuesday disclosed that 223 children were rescued from the street in the last two years, made up of 170 boys and 53 girls.
The rescue operation addresses the issues of begging and destitution in the State.
The rescued children have been reunited with their families after undergoing vocational trainings.
The state Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr Olusegun Dawodu disclosed this during his presentation of the scorecard of his ministry to commemorate the 2nd year anniversary of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.
Dawodu stated that 3,041 beggars/destitute mentally challenged people and street children were rescued off the streets of Lagos during the same time.
He said: “A total number of 1,408 rehabilitatees were released to their family for re-integration. During special operation, a total of 223 street children were rescued; 170 boys and 53 girls.
“The ministry carried out its restoration services through psychological, cognitive emotional social and vocational skills and also the medical team from the ministry of health provided medication therapy management.
“The Lagos State Government has restated its commitment to addressing issues of neglect of Child and ensuring proper as well as adequate maintenance in investigating cases of those who have been abused to ensure victims get justice.”
Dawodu said the mandate of the ministry is to create an enabling environment that promotes youth and social development services that give succor to the vulnerable, driven by highly committed and motivated personnel.
Dawodu said the correctional and elderly care services of the ministry are aimed at preventing relapse, rehabilitating and integrating offenders for behavioral modifications.