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The Enugu State government has promised to ensure the well-being of the ten-year-old female househelp, Miss Nneoma Nnadi, who was grievously bartered and maltreated by her guardians, Mrs Ifeoma Ozougwu and her husband, Mr Jude Ozougwu. The state government also promised to offset her medical bills and ensure that she receives adequate medical attention.
It was reported that the woman and her husband, Mr Ozougwu, who reside at Thinkers Corner, Enugu, and hail from Aku in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area, inflicted various degrees of injuries on the little child, which prompted their arrest by the Enugu State Police Command, and rescue of the victim who is now receiving treatment at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu.
Consequently, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State directed his Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Princess Peace Nnaji, to immediately visit the victim at the hospital to ensure that she receives proper medical attention.
Princess Nnaji who was accompanied by the Chief Medical Director of ESUTH, Parklane, Enugu, Prof. Hyacinth Onah, to see the abused child, empathised with the victim and her immediate family and promised them that the state government would not take the matter lightly.
She stressed that “we can never sweep the matter under the carpet”, pointing out that the dastardly act undermined the Child Rights Act “His Excellency, Rt Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration spent millions of naira, time and energy to enact in collaboration with UNICEF, to make sure that every child in Enugu State is protected, given education, healthcare and right to life, among others”.
According to her, “Enugu State government is not taking this lying low. The state government will take care of all the medical bills, and everything concerning this girl”.
In response to the situation, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has approved the award of scholarship, up to university level, to the little girl.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, Gov. Ugwuanyi directed the state scholarship board to implement the approval with immediate effect.
Aroh disclosed that the governor “in addition to the earlier directive to the State Ministry of Gender Affairs and Social Development to provide and fully pay for the best available medical care for the child, the Governor has further directed the immediate release of financial support to the family of the child for their upkeep”.
The information commissioner added that Gov. Ugwuanyi expressed appreciation to the Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police “for their timely and professional intervention” and equally directed the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Miletus Eze to “liaise with the Nigeria Police and ensure that the suspects are brought to justice timely”.
Responding, the mother of the victim, Mrs Nnedinso Nnadi, expressed gratitude to Governor Ugwuanyi for the state government’s concern and intervention, disclosing that it was a traumatic experience for the child and the entire family and asked God to reward all those who have played roles towards the rescue and treatment of their child.
The Chief Medical Director of ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, Prof. Onah, explained that the victim was responding to treatment and being taken care of adequately, adding that “her chances of full recovery are high”.
Also while venting her anger over the unwholesome act by the guardians, a human rights activist, Onyinyechukwu Mamah of the Heroine Women Foundation, vowed that they would apply the instrumentality of the Child Protection Network to secure justice for the abused child.