Social worker decries increasing number of street children
• Wednesday, Jan 30, 2008
A social worker, Rev. Dele George has urged the various tiers of government to evolve a mechanism for the rehabilitation of street children in Nigeria.
George told newsmen in Lagos on Friday that the increasing number of street children constituted “social menace”.
According to her, such children are being exposed to hard lives, abuse, robbery and other social vices.
George, Founder of Little Saints Orphanage, regretted that government had yet to fully tackle the menace of street children decisively.
“There is the urgent need to address the increasing number of children on the streets today. Government, at all levels, should put structures in place for their rehabilitation.
“It will not be enough to say we have evacuated children from the streets, but also of importance is where to take them”, George said.
She also called for the people’s assistance in addressing the plight of street children.
“Rather than give alms to these children, we should direct such resources to their development”, George said.