Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Over 120 Juvenile Inmates in Gboko Remand Home

Mr Abraham Musa, the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Benue State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, had said that the Gboko Remand Home admitted 120 inmates in 2016.

Musa said this on Tuesday in Makurdi while presenting the ministry’s stewardship since the inception of the incumbent administration.

He said the ministry had also partnered a religious body, the Gboko Peace House, to provide counseling to the inmates of the home.

The permanent secretary said that efforts were on to upgrade the remand home to a more befitting place while construction work at the cancer centre was at 80 per cent completed.

The ministry had also provided skills’ acquisition to many unemployed youths in the state and exposed several staffers to courses that would enhance their service delivery.

He also said no fewer than 12 casual staff of Mama Abayol, a private children’s home, had been converted to permanent staffers of the ministry.

The ministry had also acquired an 18-seater bus for the Apir Rehabilitation Board, he said.

He, therefore, appealed to Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue to allocate more funds to the ministry to enable it meet its set targets that included the medical needs of remand home and others in the state.

Musa said that paucity of funds was slowing down the activities of the ministry.

He said that some structures that were in bad shape had not been repaired while maintenance work on many had been abandoned.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the commissioner in charge of the ministry was among those recently sacked by the governor.

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