In compliance with the directive by the Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Dr Willie Obiano, to clear the streets of Anambra State of mentally challenged persons and beggars who constitute nuisance in most major junctions in the state.
The Anambra State Commissioner for Women and Children affairs Lady Ndidi Mezue, was on Monday 15th April, joined by the Honorable Commissioner For Transport, Hon Uchenna Okafor, (Wiper) raided the streets of Awka and Onitsha of these categories of individuals.
The exercise which started at Onitsha Main market, through Upper Iweka, down to Uga and MCC junctions, all in Onitsha and then terminated at Unizk junction Awka, saw the team which comprises various security agencies including the police, Civil Defence, ATMA, OCHA brigade and Social welfare department of the ministry of women affairs, was able to apprehend and relocated over one hundred beggars and mentally challenged persons, who are mostly from neighboring states and beyond.
Following international best practice, the mentally challenged among the individuals removed from the streets were immediately moved to Nteje Home for the mentally challenged, where they will be rehabilitated and reunited with their families.
While the beggars who were apprehended seeking alms using under age children will be rehabilitated and returned to their home states.