By John Ighodaro
CALABARâ€”No less than fifty street children have been rehabilitated into a new home known as Destiny Child Centre in Calabar South, by the wife of the Cross River State governor, Mrs. Obioma Liyel Imoke.
Mrs. Imoke had promised to do everything possibleÂ to rehabilitate this category of children who had been abandonedÂ by their family members.
The street children, comprising 40 boys and 10 girls, between the ages of six and sixteen, are from the neighbouringÂ Akwa Ibom State, Abia State, while one is a Cameroonian.
Inspecting the new home after admitting the children, the state governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, advised them to be of good behaviour and expressed optimism that most of them will become important personalities in the near future.
He frowned on some parentsâ€™ callous and careless attitude towards their children.
It would be recalled that the children have been under the care of the wife of the state governor, who has pledged her commitment to give them a sense of belonging.
She expressed satisfaction with the new home for the children.
On her part, the Commissioner for Social welfare, Mrs. Edak Iwuchukwu,Â was full of praise for the project and maintainedÂ governmentâ€™s commitment to it.
On the childrenâ€™s health care, Ccommissioner for Health Dr. Edet Ikpi, stressed the need for constant counselling of the children by a psychologist.
The children, who were visibly elated by the gesture, thanked God and the state government for their new home.
The rehabilitation exercise featured consecration of the new home, registration, general cleanliness , distribution of clothes, toiletries, interactive session with the governor and his wife, among others.