By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
In continuation of its on going evacuation of destitute from the streets in Ibadan, Oyo State government, on Friday, evacuated 14 mentally ill persons and 86 destitute .
The destitute were picked up at Mokola, Jemibewon, Challenge, Sango, Orita-UI and Ojoo areas of Ibadan by the staff of the Oyo state Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion.
During the exercise, some of the mentally sick evacuees restricted being taken away but the security backup provided by the Police after which they were moved to the Rescue Centre, situated at Akinyele village, for profiling.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Mrs. Christiana Abioye while speaking on the exercise , said it was aimed at achieving mass evacuation of destitute, including beggars and mentally sick.
Mrs Abioye stressed that the exercise was to ensure that the lives of the destitute and that of the general public were safe and secured, saying, “the presence of the destitute in the society poses danger, as some of them could be agents for criminals”
” The present administration under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde state is committed to ridding the state of destitute.
She stated that the exercise is continuous, promising that the well-being of all the evacuees would be ensured and that adequate care would be given to them”, she said
Emphasizing that government will feed the evacuees at the Rescue Centre three times in a day and that the ” facility is habitable.”, Mrs Adeoye added that those that are mentally ill will be moved to the psychiatric section at the Adeoyo State Hospital, Ring Road, for medical attention.
Also speaking on the exercise the Permanent Secretary, Oyo state Ministry of Health , Dr. Mufutau Ayoola, disclosed that a team of medical personnel were on ground to attend to the health challenges of any of the evacuees, adding that his team, in collaboration with other ministries, would be giving the evacuees health education and sensitising them on the need to maintain hygienic environment.