The Kwara State Commissioner for Social Development, Hon. Deborah Abosede Aremu, has reiterated the state government’s commitment to rid Kwara streets of beggars.Mrs Aremu gace this assurance during the evacuation exercise of street beggars.
She led the Rehabilitation Unit of the Ministry to Challenge, Post Office, Unity Road, General Roundabout, Gerin-Alimi Roundabout, and other strategic areas of the capital city to rid them of beggars.
“Cleanliness is next to Godliness. We must keep Kwara safe and clean for all and sundry. The activities of these beggars have been sabotaging the State Government’s efforts in keeping the environment clean.” Aremu declared.
The evacuation exercise was sequel to an earlier ban on street begging announced in January of this year. “We have a law in place prohibiting street begging and we will not relent in enforcing it on erring violators,” she added.
The Permanent Secretary,Mrs Rebbeca Bake Olanrewaju stated that as with the continuous evacuation exercise , the beggars are been repatriated to their different states.
In his remarks, the Deputy Director of Rehabilitation, Ministry of Social Development, Mr Taiye Ikupolati stated that the evacuation exercise was conducted in a bid to curb the ugly act of street begging in Ilorin.
“Activities of these beggars have led to avoidable road accidents. Wherever they converge in large numbers, they cause environmental infractions. It is always an eyesore,” Ikupolati added.