The Lagos state government says street begging has become a big business for some people, hence the set up of a special team to curb it.
Lagos commissioner for youth and social development,Olusegun Dawodu, who made this known on Wednesday, at a media briefing in Ikeja, alo disclosed that the special team was set up by the ministry of youth and social development, with the support of the Lagos police command.
The Commissioner said “The special team will tackle the menace frontally and will commence operation in the next few days,”
“The road to our desired destination of ‘Greater Lagos’ has, among other man-made obstacles, street begging.
“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will not fold his arms and watch the state become a haven for beggars. This has become big business for some groups of people.
“Our investigation revealed that beggars and hawkers (children and adults) are transported regularly from other parts of the country to Lagos. This is with the sole aim of doing this odious ‘business’ that demeans humanity and abuses innocence in the case of children, who are being pushed into this degrading trade.”
“In embarking on this enforcement, we will also deploy a lot of human and material resources towards enlightenment and sensitisation via different media platforms,”
“That is why the way to go now is to enforce compliance with the laws of our state for sanity to reign in our society.”
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