According to statistics from humanitarian aid agencies, the number of children without appropriate parental care currently stands at over 500 up from slightly over 200 in 2012.
Child Protection Project Officer for Save the Children-United Kingdom Joseph Malek Deng confirmed toGurtong that the rising cases of street children continue to pose social and economic challenges in the state.
“We at save the Children are continuously lobbying and advocating for the necessary and appropriate care needed for their sustainability. Although we cannot cater for all of them, we have been seeking support from other donors through the department of child right governance within our organisation”, he said.
He added that the outreach seeks to help create job opportunities for the children through activities such as tailoring, masonry, carpentry and plumbing among others.
Deng called for cooperation from the national and state government in their efforts to assist the needy children.
He at the same time urged parents to strive to take care of their children despite economic impediments.
An expert at the state government’s Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resources Developmentwho wished to remain anonymous told Gurtong that the rampant unemployment levels in the state hadcompounded the problem.
“There are no companies and factories or other private entities to employ parents of these children, hence their neglect”, he said.