THE Enugu State Government has pledged to pay the medical bills of the 10-year-old female house-help who suffered abuse in the hands of her guardian, Mrs Ifeoma Ozougwu.
The Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Princess Peace Nnaji, made the pledge on Saturday when she visited the victim at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane.
The government promised also to ensure that she receives adequate medical attention at the Teaching Hospital, Parklane.
At the hospital, Nnaji assured the family that the state government would not take the matter of abuse lightly.
She said: “We won’t sweep it under the carpet especially as the act undermined the Child Rights Act that the state administration spent millions of naira, time and energy to enact in the collaboration with the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
“The Child Rights Act makes sure that every child in Enugu is protected, given education, healthcare and right to life among others.”
She expressed deep shock over the inhumane treatment meted to the minor by her guardians.
The commissioner praised the neighbours who raised alarm and brought the ugly incident to public domain, describing them as “Good Samaritans.”
The Chief Medical Director, Prof. Hycienth Onah, explained that the victim was responding to treatment and that “her chances of full recovery are high.”
The victim’s mother, Mrs Nnedinso Nnadi, thanked all those who played their roles in the rescue of her child, and the state government for pledges to cater for her daughter, health wise and
She said that the episode would continue to traumatize the child and the entire family.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the victim’s guardians, Mrs Ifeoma Ozougwu and her husband, Mr Jude Ozougwu, have been arrested by the Police.