LAGOS IS NOT A DUMPING GROUND FOR BEGGARS – LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT



As people from different part of the world influx into the cities in search of greener pastures and despite being prohibited by the Lagos state Government, street begging in Lagos has persisted causing the government to intensify its raid, which got about 260 beggars off the streets in the last 100 days.
This was contained in a document made available by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Aderemi Ibirogba at the 2,800 days celebration of the Governor Babatunde Fashola’s administration held in Agidingbi, Ikeja.
In 2013, the state faced fierce public outrage over alleged forced expulsion of some Igbo indigenes from its territory.
Last year, not minding the consequence of its action, the government rescued 2, 217 beggars from the streets in the state. And it returned 458 destitutes to other states of the federation through their relations, who were residents in the state.
According to Vanguard, the rescue operation was carried out through the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Youths and Social Development. Most of the affected people were sent to rehabilitation centres.
The document reads: “the office evacuated 260 beggars/destitute from the streets during the 100 days under review.”
It also stated that about 22 destitutes rescued earlier from the streets are currently undergoing training at the rehabilitation centre, in Majidun, Ikorodu while five children rescued from the streets have been sent to schools after completing their rehabilitation exercise. After treatment, the government offered shelter to six students who were victims of s*xual abuse even as those who abused them undergo prosecution.
The former Special Adviser to Governor on Youth & Social Development, Dr. Enitan Badru earlier disclosed that rescue of beggars from the streets of Lagos is “a continuous exercise.”


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