Edo evacuates, rehabilitates 50 beggars, mentally-challenged persons, others in Benin City
About 50 street beggars, mentally-challenged people and other destitute persons have been evacuated and rehabilitated by Edo State government, in major streets and markets within Benin metropolis.
They were evacuated in the Government Reserved Area (GRA) axis of Benin City, including Ihama, Boundary and Country Home Roads axis, as well as Sapele Road and Ring Road axis.
The evacuation and rehabilitation is being implemented by Edo State Ministry of Social Development and Gender Issues, in partnership with security agencies in the state, in line with the ‘Operation Plan Edo.’
Permanent Secretary, the Edo State Ministry of Social Development and Gender Issues, Mrs. Barbara Osobajo, said the destitute persons will be rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society, while the others will be reunited with their families.
She reassured government’s commitment to sanitise the streets of Edo and called for increased collaboration and support of residents to end street begging and other such unacceptable practices within Benin metropolis.
According to her, Edo State in line with the ‘Operation Plan Edo,’ aims to sanitise the state and reposition it for sustainable growth and development.
“The government has kicked off the evacuation of street beggars, mentally-challenged persons and other destitute persons within Benin metropolis.
“The persons who have been evacuated have been taken to various rehabilitation and correctional facilities within the state where they are being catered for, and will be reintegrated into the society after thorough care and rehabilitation.”
“The operation kicked off within Benin metropolis and will be extended to other parts of the state to ensure that we achieve a safe and sane Edo that we all will be proud to be associated with,” the Permanent secretary added.
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