BY TINA OKINEDO
Ondo State children correctional centre Akure currently have 70 inmates in the facility.
While some out of this figure are in due to conflict with the law, others are there for various mental health issues.
To this end The Nigeria union of journalists NUJ wants government to enforce policies that would eliminate juvenile delinquency.
Nuj chairman Ondo State prince leke Adegbite made the appeal when he led members of the union to the correctional centre Akure.
Prince Adegbite who expressed dismay at the number of children at the correctional centre blamed the failing societal value and increase in poverty for the high rate of crime among children.
” Government should find a way to putting an end to children committing crime. Come up with policies because some of these children committed crime out of anger. Some just to get something to eat”
” If you go to the market, you see children roaming aimlessly making them willing tools to commit crime”
” The country is in danger if this number of children are in correctional home in Ondo State alone. It means government need to do more to bring sanity to the society ”
Responding the director social services Ondo State ministry of women affairs Mr Adebayo oyegunwa thanked the journalists for identifying with the vulnerable in the society stressing that the state had succeeded in rehabilitating over 600 children at the centre within the year under review.
“Once we pick them up or they are sent here, since it is a continuous exercise we book them for medical checkup, treat those with mental issue, while those in conflict with the law undergo councelling”
“We also provide them with skill acquisition and when they are done we integrate them back to their families ”
Earlier in an address the senior special assistant to Governor oluwarotimi AKEREDOLU on women affairs Mrs Kehinde Adeniran said government alone cannot fend for the children and called for collaboration with spirited individuals to assist in the course.
Food items and toiletries were donated by the union to the inmates