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Rehabilitation of inmates: Obiano inaugurates sick bay, skills acquisition centre

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WIFE of Anambra State Governor and  founder, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE), Ebelechukwu Obiano has inaugurated skills acquisition centre and  officially opened power installation and sickbay for the mentally challenged persons.

  While inaugurating the facilities at Nteje, Oyi Local Government Area , 10 persons already rehabilitated were re-united with their families by Mrs. Obiano.

  The governor’s wife acknowledged that the sickbay would be useful for treatment of sick inmates.

  “It is a thing of joy now that we can manage cases of inmates by offering them immediate attention at the centre, before referral in emergency situation,” she said.

  Mrs Obiano, known widely as Osodieme, noted that with rehabilitation of 10 inmates, the centre had successfully treated and rehabilitated 110 inmates since inception in 2015.

  “There is no doubt that we have made tremendous progress in caring for the less privileged through CAFE; we will continue to support this facility, working in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs.”

  Mrs Obiano, then, thanked the governor for his support as she pleaded with Ndi Anambra, men and women of goodwill to lend a helping hand by donating items to help inmates.

  Earlier in her address, the Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue said that the centre witnessed geometric increase in the number of inmates as a result of regular raid to rid the streets of mentally challenged persons embarked upon by her ministry.

  Explaining the essence of the skills acquisition centre, the commissioner also noted that the facility was unique as it offered opportunity to equip indigent women and youths with skills for effective re-integration of beneficiaries into the society.

  “This centre is a product of visionary leadership, so we encourage those rehabilitated to learn a skill to contribute to overall socio-economic development of the state.”

  Transition Committee Chairman of Oyi LGA, Dr Nnamdi Nwadiogbu in a remark, noted that the inmates were treated free of charge.

  In separate remarks, some of the rehabilitated inmates, Miss Chinyere Egonum from Nise and Mrs Obiageli Achume from Oraukwu  expressed gratitude over the kindness shown to them.

  10 others certified psychiatric fit from Anambra, Rivers, Imo and Abia states were re-united with their families.

  At the event, some of them danced to the admiration of dignitaries present.

The dignitaries include Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala, Speaker, Anambra  State House of Assembly, Mr Uche Okafor, Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Mr. Uchenna Okafor, Mrs Vera Okonkwo, traditional rulers, women groups and top government functionaries.

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