The Kaduna State Government after its Security Council meeting on Tuesday announced the commencement of enforcement of subsisting restrictions on begging, street hawking and usage of motorcycles for commercial transport in Kaduna metropolis and other urban centres in the state.
Spokesperson of the Kaduna state governor, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement stressed that, credible reports at the disposal of security agencies have made it necessary to begin ‘vigorous enforcement’ of the laws against street begging, hawking and the illegal business of motorcycle taxis, and safeguard lives and property.
He said the state’s Security Council had given sufficient notice to persons that might be affected by the implementation of the decisions. “Law enforcement agencies have been directed to begin enforcement of the restrictions against begging, street hawking and ‘okadas’/‘achabas’ in Kaduna Town and other cities in the state.
“The directive is with immediate effect, and is based on cogent security concerns and the need to uphold law and order in the state.”
While commending residents of the state for maintaining peace and harmony, he urged them to cooperate with the security agencies as they enforce the relevant laws.
“The directive is clear. No motorcycle is allowed to carry any passenger. Beggars and hawkers are also reminded by this notice to leave the streets, please,” he noted.
It would be recalled that the Kaduna State Government had in June, 2016, issued a ban against street hawking and begging on major streets in the state capital and surrounding local government areas. The ban led to protest against the provision by the beggars under the umbrella body of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities. It further generated lots of controversies, which had caused delays in the execution of the law.