Kano to establish anti-street begging agency

KANO State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said that the state government is set to establish an Anti-Street Begging Agency to effectively checkmate the long-held practice of street begging

Governor Ganduje said this while receiving the leadership of amalgamation of civil society organisations in the state, during the State Executive Council meeting held at Africa House, Government House, Kano.

The delegation was led by Malam Ibrahim Waiya, who led other leaders from different civil society groups, to further strengthen calls for streamlining the fight against street begging.

Ganduje said, “An agency will be put in place with full staff to look into this issue of street begging. We just cannot fold our hands and see the life of innocent kids being wasted away through this menace of street begging.”

According to him, street begging is an abuse of children which “prevents them from learning the religion and modern education system.”

While appreciating the concern shown by civil society groups, he assured that the state government would carry them along for the successful implementation of state policy against street begging, and for sustainability purposes.

“We are happy to receive you and we are thankful for your unrelenting concern. It is true also that we must evolve a new strategy in dealing with this issue,” he explained.

Earlier, the organised civil society groups had sent a letter to the governor intimating him on the need to partner with them in the effective implementation of the government’s law against street begging.

The letter was sent under the platform of Kano Civil Society Forum, dated September 23, 2021, captioned, “Urgent Call to Ensure Total Enforcement of the Law Banning Street Begging in Kano State,” and was signed by Ibrahim Waiya and Peter Hassan Tijjani.

The governor said that, “Your letter is in conformity with our intention.”


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