Niger govt takes after Ganduje, bans street begging
The Niger State government on Thursday joined its Kano State counterpart by announcing the ban on all forms of street begging.
DAILY POST recalls that days ago, Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje banned street begging by children known as Almajiris.
The government disclosed that the order would integrate the Almajiri system into the policy and address the lingering problem of street begging.
Alhaji Mohammed Idris, the state Commissioner of Information speaking at a news conference in Minna, said that the decision was approved during the weekly Executive Council meeting as a result of rising insecurity.
The executive decision on street begging takes effect from March 5, NAN reports.
He added that adult beggars would be prosecuted, while parents of children seen begging would also be prosecuted.
“Security agencies made it necessary to begin vigorous enforcement of law on street begging.
“This is because security challenges in the state is on the rise, therefore putting a ban on street begging will help mitigate and address the security challenges,” he said.
Idris explained that the effort was to safeguard lives and property of the residents, adding that modalities had been put in place to prosecute defaulters.
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