March 07, 2018 04:01 pm
The streets of Port Harcourt have been plagued with mentally unstable people recently, and the Ministry of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation seems to be doing something about it. The ministry started a ‘first phase’ of evacuating mentally unstable people from the streets of Port Harcourt yesterday. It evacuated about 14 mentally challenged persons along Azikiwe and Station roads, and Old GRA.
The Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation in the state, Damiete Herbert Miller said the state government is concerned by the growing number of mentally challenged people in the state, and is evacuating them to a rehabilitation centre in Iriebe. He said the mentally challenged persons are an ‘eyesore,’ and could cause problems to public properties in the state. Mr. Damiete said the centre has a workshop for rehabilitated persons to learn a skill.
“We keep them at our Rehabilitation Centre in Iriebe, we take care of them, treat them, feed them, the government provides all manner of welfare for them, and when they gain back sanity, we have two workshops there – carpentry and tailoring, we teach them.”
According to the commissioner, the ministry will continue the evacuation in other parts of Port Harcourt metropolis, and the state.