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Social Workers: 17.5 million vulnerable children in Nigeria

*55 auxiliary social workers re-trained

With about 17.5million vulnerable children in the nation out of which 7.3million are orphans, the Federal Government has re-trained 55 auxiliary social workers from three states in order to be able to meet the yawning gap.

Federal Government has reiterated its resolve to continue to strengthen the capacity of social workers in the country in order to help stem the tide of the increasing spate of anti-social behaviours within the communities.

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Old and new breed of anti-social behaviours including domestic violence, wife-battery and breeding of disconsolate vulnerable children as well as the countless mentally unstable persons who flood the streets daily (vagrant psychotics) have become worrisome to government.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of 55 auxiliary social workers in Makurdi, the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMWASD), Mrs. Aisha Alhassan, lauded the programme which was recently institutionalised in tertiary schools across the nation.

She said: “the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has the mandate on social development in Nigeria and have been partnering with the United States of America government to develop the capacity of social providers since 2015.”

Represented by an Assistant Director in the ministry, Ben Okwesa, the women Affairs minister explained that the training was necessitated by the insufficient number of trained social workers in the country.

Earlier, Mr. Victor Atuluchukwu, who spoke on behalf of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), posited that there were growing need for social workers as numbers of vulnerable children increases by the day.

Atuluchukwu added that a 2008 situation assessment of vulnerable children in Nigeria conducted by the women affairs ministry showed 17.5 million vulnerable children out of which 7.3 million are orphans.

The event was a one-week training and presentation of certificate to 55 auxiliary social workers drawn from Benue, Kaduna  and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which closing section climaxed  with a thorough review on the need for a social development workforce to help stem the abnormal behavioural tide.


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