Awka-Anambra State Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, on June 2, led an operation that rescued two mentally retarded persons from the streets of Awka, the Anambra State capital.
The commissioner, who headed the operation, visited streets in Awka, Amawbia and Enugu Agidi in search of mentally retarded persons roaming the streets of the state capital territory.
The team picked the two mentally challenged at Club Road, Awka (formerly Abakaliki Street) and the Aroma Bridge axis.
In an interview, the commissioner, Lady Mezue explained the motive behind their search and rescue.
“This is a continuation of my regular rescue of the mentally retarded persons from the streets of Anambra.
“The Governor has a long standing directive that all the nooks and crannies of Anambra will be cleared of mentally retarded persons.’’
According to the commissioner, the wife of the Governor, Chief (Mrs) Ebelechukwu Obiano also provided a place with adequate facilities to treat the mentally sick persons at the Nteje Rehabilitation Home.
`So, these rescued men shall be taken to Nteje Home, where they will be rehabilitated by our team of psychiatrists and care givers for a while before re-uniting them with their various families,’’ Lady Mezue said.
Only last month, the commissioner received distress call that a mentally retarded woman was seen loitering with her children at Ufuma Junction.
Lady Mezue, then, swung into action and rescued the woman with the assistance of Ufuma Vigilance Group.
“They have since been rehabilitated and shall be reunited with their family afterward.’’
Source: Anambra State Government