By Festus Ahon
UYO â€” No fewer than 600 immigrants, who daily flood the streets of Akwa Ibom State, including 136 Niger Republic nationals, have been repatria-ted from the state by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare.
Similarly,Â about 164 trafficked victims of the state origin have been rescued and reunited with theirÂ families.
State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Mrs. Eunice Thomas, made these known at a media parley to mark the 2010 World Day for the less-privileged, rehabilitation of the physically-challenged and the reintegration of the Turai Yarâ€™Adua reformed inmates with their families.
Thomas announced that over 500 socially- disadvantaged people in Akwa Ibom State were rehabilitated and empowered by the administration of Chief Godswill Akpabio through the ministry.
She a, disclosed that the intervention programme of the state government also saved the life and productive system of a certain Etido Archibong who lost his manhood to improper circumcision for two years.
According to her, the state government took care of another victim whose upper abdomen got completely damaged due fire disaster.
200 lunatics who were taken off the streets and given medical treatment, according to the commissioner, have been empowered economically on recovery, with one of such persons employed to work as a staff of the ministry.
The ministry, in line with the avowed commitment of the governor to improve the quality of lives of the people by providing basic infrastructure and essential social amenities, doled out several items like wheel chairs, cain guides, crutches, dryers, washers, computers and Braille machines to the less privileged.