The Ministry is tasked with the responsibility of Rehabilitation, Management and Supervision of Remand Homes, and Women Affairs. It has the mandate of carrying out Community Development, Child Development and Social Welfare.
Led by the Commissioner, Chief (Mrs.) Betty Efekhoda, the ministry is responsible for determining the policies and direction to achieve the goals of gender equality, family development and a caring society in line with the Government commitment towards the Elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.
The ministry consists of eight departments, namely, social welfare, child development, rehabilitation, community development, women affairs, administration, finance and accounts, planning, research and statistics.
In addition, the ministry takes responsibility for organizing the following: Annual Children’s Day celebration, Day of the African Child, International Day of the Families, International Day of the Older Persons, international Women’s Day celebration, International Day for Disable Persons and National Day celebration among others.
The ministry has been working hard to eradicate poverty, ignorance, stress, frustration and lack of moral upbringing common with people in the society. It has identified reasons for such vices like dumping of children and indulgence in drugs, which eventually lead to mental problems as the major factor that affects a lot of social development within the state.
The several strategies been implemented by the ministry in achieving her objectives include:
- To ensure that gender, family and community perspectives are incorporated in the formulation of policies and plans as well as in the implementation of programs;
- To instill positives family values among the people by working with Government agencies, private sector and NGO's;
- To review existing laws and regulations and to suggest new legislation that are able to offer better protection for the livelihood and development of women, family and the community;
- To develop and strengthen a comprehensive and integrated social database for the purpose of planning, monitoring and evaluation of programs for target groups;
- To increase the level of skills and knowledge as well as to empower target groups to enable their effective participation in nation buildings;
- To increase and diversify the opportunities for target groups towards enhancing their effective participation in nation building;
- To strengthen the networking both at the national and international levels to facilitate the sharing of information, experience and expertise;
- To establish effective monitoring and evaluating mechanism to improve the implementation of policies and programs;
- To disseminate information on facilities and services provided by various agencies and organizations for the benefits of women, family and the community.
Through the ministry, the Uduaghan administration has done quite a lot in effecting and impacting lives. Some of the measure taken include the feeding and payment of stipends to 781 ex-lepers in the state; evacuation of 250 mentally challenged persons for treatment with stipends paid to them; care for the elderly; education, health and nutritional support for 250 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC); training of community leaders; giving grant-in-aid to communities for embarking in self-help projects in their communities.
A major landmark achievement of the ministry under the present administration was the signing into law, the Child Right Bill with the establishment of family courts across the state by the Chief Judge where cases of child abuse would be handled. The ministry is currently liaising with ministry of information towards gazetting of the Act.