Former lawmaker calls for improved welfare


The former lawmaker representing Port Harcourt constituency 1 in the Rivers state house of assembly Hon Victoria Nyeche has called on the Rivers State government to dedicate for more funding to the ministry of social welfare and rehabilitation.

This she said, would enable the ministry to cater for the less privileged in the society

Hon Nyeche who was the chairman house committee on women affairs while lamenting the poor funding of the ministry also called on parents and relevant stakeholders to increase education and sensitization toward minimizing the abuse on the girl child

she gave this yesterday when she received the Golden education support award from the Rugged Steps foundation for African youth development

According to her: “The ministry of social welfare and rehabilitation is one of the most poorly funded ministries by the government because we think that welfare is something that we talk about and not something that we do

“We need to do much more. If you go to the home for the elderly and home for the persons living with disabilities, we don’t actually have enough. In fact, people depend on goodwill to survive and it should not be so, we need to do more for the Children’s home, we need to create more awareness and more importantly we need to put in more funding” she said