The Lagos State Government on Friday said it rescued no fewer than 62 babies abandoned across the state in the last one year.

Dr.  Adesegun Oshinyinka, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of Youths and Social Development, gave the figure at a news conference in Ikeja.

He said that 34 of the babies were male, while 28 were female.

The permanent secretary said that the babies had been taken to some registered orphanages where they were being given adequate care.

Oshinyinka said cases of abandoned babies had become too many and appealed to mothers to always take responsibility for their babies no matter the circumstances.

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Giving other statistics, he said the government received no fewer than 111 applications for adoption of babies within the period.

According to him, 85 babies were released for adoption, while 76 adoptions were legalised through family courts.

Out of those legalised through family courts, 51 were adopted locally, 18 were international adoptions and four were for relative international adoptions.

Ogunyinka said no fewer than 940 beggars and destitute persons were taken off the streets during the same period.

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He said that 37 persons, suspected to be criminals among them, were handed over to the police, while 910 were released to their relations.

“Rescue of beggars and other destitute persons from the streets of Lagos is a continuous exercise and government is strengthening collaboration with security agencies to rid the state of beggars, destitute and the mentally challenged,” he said.

He said the government was maintaining a rehabilitation centre in Ikorodu where some destitute persons, taken off the street were being rehabilitated.

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The permanent secretary said that no fewer than 1,486 of such persons were currently at the facility where they were learning skills apart from being given care.

“Interestingly, two rehabilitated wards of the Rehab Centre, one Simbiat Abiola and Dare Akinyemi, got married in Sept. 2014,” he said.

Ogunyinka said the government was committed to the social welfare of all residents and would continue to take steps to demonstrate that commitment.