Gov Mbah offers scholarship to Enugu-born brutalized minor, declares zero tolerance for child abuse

Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, has offered full scholarship to little Miss Happiness Nwafor, the Enugu-born minor, who was brutalised by her Anambra-based guardian, Mrs Adachukwu Okafor.

He said the scholarship would cover Miss Nwafor ‘s studies from primary to university levels. The Governor also approved her continuous rehabilitation to ensure that her experience does not impede her present or future.

The Governor made that known in Enugu on Wednesday during the official handover of the rescued girl to the Enugu State Scholarship and Education Loan Board for proper documentation and continuation of her education.

He expressed displeasure over the incessant records of abuse of minors, who are usually used as house-help, warning that it would not tolerate acts of violence and maltreatment of children by parents and guardians as such criminal acts fall short of civilised norms and would be met with dire consequences.

pix- The recipient Happiness Nwafor

Represented by the Commissioner for Children, Gender Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Ngozi Enih, Governor Mbah’ said the scholarship would afford Miss Happiness Nwafor, who hails from Umuanigo , Enugu Oweri in Awgu Local Government Area the opportunity to pursue and fulfil her dreams in life.

“The Governor is very concerned about the welfare of citizens of the state through deliberate policies and programmes targeted at improving their well-being and also ensuring that their dignity are preserved.

“This is why the Governor ordered that the minor be rescued from the claws of her guardian, who had been maltreating her. With the full rehabilitation and scholarship graciously awarded by the governor, Miss Happiness is certain of living her dreams like other children.

Pix; Commission for Children Gender Affairs and Social Development,Mrs Ngozi Enih(L) Happiness( m)Mrs Anioke, Happiness mother( R)

“It’s also for the reason that no child should suffer deprivation that the governor is building world-class smart schools and has also declared basic education in the state, free and compulsory.

“The Child Rights and Responsibility Law of Enugu State is also in place to ensure that those who abuse our children face the full wrath of the law,” Mrs. Enih said.

On his part, the Head of Administration, Enugu State Scholarship and Education Loans Board, Peter Nkwuo, promised that the agency would give full effect to the governor’s directive as they had no excuse for failures.

He commended Governor Mbah for the intervention, adding that the agency has been receiving huge support from the administration.

Also, Miss Happiness’ mother, Mrs. Nwanneka Anioke, who said she was traumatised on hearing about the incident, appreciated the philanthropic gesture of governor Mbah towards her family and other families, saying the news of the scholarship and the ongoing rehabilitation for full recovery came as a huge relief to her entire family.

It could be recalled that the incident was first reported on February 1, 2024, in a viral video, which attracted the attention of the Enugu State Government and prompted its immediate intervention to rescue the child in collaboration with Anambra State government where the incident occurred.

The minor, an 11- year- old, was living with an Anambra-based lawyer, Mrs. Adachukwu Okafor, as a house help, who brutalised her.

Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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