Osogbo- The Osun Government has put security operatives on the alert to check alleged dropping of the destitute in major cities in the state, a top official has said.
Biyi Odunlade, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth, Sports and Special Needs, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said the rehabilitation centre set up by government in Ilobu, Irepodun Local Government Area, would also become fully operational next month.
According to Odunlade, there have been reports of unscrupulous members of the society from neighbouring states dropping the destitute in major cities in Osun.
`` We have received reports of the destitute dropped around Owena Ijesa, the Osun-Ondo boundary as well as in other areas.
``It is not that we are not capable of taking care of them, but the rate at which the destitute increase overnight calls for serious concern,’’ he said.
Odunlade said government had put necessary machinery in motion to ensure the destitute certified for rehabilitation were taken care of.
`` The programme, tagged O-rehabilitation, has a rehabilitation centre in Ilobu that will come on stream next month,’’ Odunlade stated.
He said the facility had the capacity to cater for 25 inmates at a time with plans to train them in various vocations, preparatory to their re-integration into the society.
According to him, the centre will have its own administrative, medical, psychiatric and vocational staff members.
``Consultants are also expected to be visiting the Ilobu rehabilitation centre,’’ he added.
Asked why the centre had yet to be equipped, Odunlade said: `` The government is trying to overcome PHCN bureaucracy and ensure adequate security before equipment will be installed.’’