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Lagos rids Mushin, Yaba, Fadeyi, others of destitute, beggars

By Gbenga Salau
16 September 2021   |   3:06 am
Lagos State Government, through its Ministry of Youth and Social Development, yesterday began ridding the streets of beggars and the destitute.

Some beggars on the street

Lagos State Government, through its Ministry of Youth and Social Development, yesterday began ridding the streets of beggars and the destitute.
  
In the exercise tagged “Rescue Operation” by a special team of Ministry’s Rescue and Rehabilitation Department in collaboration with security agencies and other volunteers visited major streets and markets in Mushin, Fadeyi, Yaba, Lekki and Sabo areas to rescue beggars, the destitute, and vulnerable people found on the street, under the bridges, uncompleted buildings and other places unfit for human inhabitation.

   
In a statement, yesterday, the ministry recall that few weeks ago, the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Olusegun Dawodu, at a press conference informed the public of the plan, purpose and modus operandi for the setting up of the special team to rescue beggars, destitute and vulnerable persons.
   
In his address, the commissioner said: “As a responsible and responsive government under the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led- administration, we will not fold our arms and watch the state become a haven for beggars, noting that the state would take action to curb the menace.
 
“Street begging is a social vice that we cannot afford to watch attain an uncontrollable level before we act, otherwise, all the good plans and programmes to transform our dear state would be adversely affected which is the same with street hawking,” he added.
  
Head of Rehabilitation and Rescue Department, Mrs. Olutoyin Jaiyeola, disclosed that about 128 persons, which included mentally challenged persons,  destitute and beggars had been rescued by the team from different areas of the state.