Calabar - The Cross River Government
through its Ministry of Social Welfare and Community Development has so far
evacuated 67 street children in Calabar.
The Director of Social Welfare, Mr Isaac Ebuara, said that
the exercise which started June 2015 followed a directive by Gov. Benedict
Ebuara said the affected children were now at a transit home
at the Destiny Child Centre, Calabar, adding that the children were being
rehabilitated pending their reunification with their families.
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He said investigation had shown that 90 per cent of the
children were from the neighbouring states, who had opted to be on the streets
for no just course.
According to him, their parents are willing to receive them
back to their homes and give them quality education.
He also said that the effect of the anti-social behaviour acquired by children
on the streets had created negative impact on the society.
Ebuara said the ministry was putting effort to inculcate
moral values on those children and encourage them to enhance their education or
engage in vocational skills to improve their livelihood.
He said the ministry had also advised the children to remain
with their parents and go back to school because "education is the basic
foundation for their future development’’.