Kaduna Begins Evacuation Of Beggars From Streets

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in collaboration with other agencies and the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development have began the evacuation of destitute for rehabilitation at the Makarfi Destitute Camp.

Kaduna State Commandant of the Corps, Modu Bunu, while briefing personnel of the command before deployment on Friday, urged them to ensure high discipline, diligence and synergy in discharging their duties.

NSCDC spokesman, in a statement noted that, the Commandant pointed out that the operatives alongside others are required to assist in evacuating destitute from the metropolitan and convey them to Kakuri from where they will be moved to the camp.

According to him, the decision to evacuate destitute from the metropolitan was taken during the state’s security council meeting held on March 7th and 14th; adding that, the meeting resolved that the corps and Nigeria Police should evacuate the destitute and keep them in their (Police) custody for onward transportation to the camp where state government has concluded arrangements for feeding of the destitute.

The Kaduna state government, after its Security Council meeting on March 7th, 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, with immediate effect. The enforcement of ban became necessary, following credible security reports, in order to safeguard lives and property, they said.

Law enforcement agencies have been directed to begin enforcement of the restrictions. 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.

Consequent upon the ban, there was a vehement 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, resulting to a delay in the execution of the law.

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