As part of efforts at tackling the effect of broken homes on the society, the Ogun State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has reunited 210 couples just as it has provided psycho-social counselling for 537 children from the unions.
The Commissioner in charge of the Ministry, Mrs. Abiola Kufile-Okonji stated this during the visit of the State Assembly’s Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development led by Hon. Yetunde Sogbein-Adekanbi to assess the 2017 budget performance of the Ministry at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Okonji added that 45 complicated family cases were attended to by the Ministry’s Conflict Resolution Team, while additional three homes were registered to provide protection for abandoned children.
The Commissioner disclosed that 20 abandoned children were adopted into conducive homes so as to give them necessary care, saying that over N39m had been paid to respective mothers as upkeep allowance for 525 children, while over 5, 000 orphans and vulnerable children were assisted by the Ministry.
In her response, the House Committee Chairman, Hon. Yetunde Sogbein-Adekanbi commended the ministry for its ingenuity at generating more revenue into government’s coffers and for being proactive at making use of the available resources to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the State.
She also lauded the ministry for its programmes geared towards building a society devoid of discrimination against women as well as empowerment for children and the vulnerable group.