Govt, NGO to assist vulnerable children
Written by Taiwo Adekola on May 10, 2023
The Lagos State Government has partnered with SOS Children’s Villages, Nigeria, on the provision of transit care to ensure proper care for vulnerable children in the state.
The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr Olusegun Dawodu, while speaking during the agreement signing ceremony in Lagos, expressed the belief that the initiative would go a long way in reducing the number of children on the streets of Lagos.
Earlier in his remarks, the National Director, SOS Children’s Villages, Nigeria, Mr Eghosa Erhumwunse, said, “This collaboration with the Lagos State Government was started in 2018 when we began a journey to redefine the practice of Alternative Care in Lagos State in line with UN Guideline.”
He added that, “Guided by the desire to prevent unnecessary placement, promote suitability of care and increase the options of care for vulnerable children in Lagos State, SOS Children’s Villages has served as a technical partner to the state government to review alternative care practice in Lagos; facilitate capacity building and stakeholders’ engagement; support the development of the Lagos State Guideline on Alternative Care and train homeowners in Lagos State on the guideline.”