The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA has taken 452 loitering commercial sex workers from the streets and rehabilitated them.
Mandate Secretary, FCT Social Development Secretariat SDS, Hajia Hadiza Kabir, disclosed this at a news conference Tuesday in Abuja in which it said the FCTA authorities’ action is part of efforts to sanitize the nation’s capital.
Kabir disclosed how the FCTA spent approximately N24 million in apprehending, evacuating and rehabilitating beggars and the destitute in the FCT between January and June 2021.
She noted that the two FCT Administrations had “scaled up actions to develop a capital city that had a socially friendly environment devoid of moral bankruptcy”.
She further said that the regular clampdown on some red-light zones and arrest of commercial sex workers was a social responsibility through which the secretariat rescues young women from drugs and other forms of criminalities, while providing them with meaningful means of livelihoods.
According to her, with the trainings and skills acquired by the rehabilitated commercial sex workers and the starter packs given to them, they were expected to contribute hugely to the country’s GDP.
The secretariat, Kabir said, also rehabilitated mentally unstable and impaired persons and repatriated most of them to their states of origin.
She was, however, was silent on the state of origins of the repatriated persons, saying the administration did refer cases to several state liaison offices, hospitals, orphanages, police and immigration offices during the period.
The Director Gender, Mrs. Grace Yilo also reacted to what the Administration was doing to put an end to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the FCT, saying the FCTA is embarking on massive sensitization and campaign on the dangers of GBV in the society.
Mrs. Ijeoma Ochonu, Director Tourism spoke on efforts to make the Mpape Crush Rock site a global tourist attraction, saying the FCTA is currently working with relevant agencies to ensure safety of visitors and tourists to the site.