Oyo govt orders beggars to be taken off the streets of Ibadan
The government of Oyo state has ordered the evacuation of beggars off the streets of Ibadan. It would be recalled that IPulse in July called the attention of the state government to the invasion of the major streets across the city by beggars, especially those from the northern part of the country.
The government said the evacuation was informed by the increasing number of beggars on the streets and the need to check crimes. This was the resolution of the Inter-Religious/Inter Ethnic Committee meeting, presided over by Deputy Governor Moses Alake Adeyemo, yesterday.
According to a report by The Nation, the meeting was attended by representatives of various ethnic groups and religions, including Alhaji Kunle Sanni (Muslim), Bishop Kehinde Stephen (Christian), Chief Fayemi Fakayode (Indigenous Faith) and Muktar Lukman (Hausa).
Reading the communique, Sanni said beggars should be taken off the streets as they violate the accepted norms and religious beliefs in the society.
He said having understood that begging contradicts the teachings of Islam, Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai banned street begging and this resulted in the increasing influx of beggars to Oyo State.
The communiqué added: “Proactive measures should be taken on the issue of Fulani Bororo and should not be limited to farmers/Fulani in the state.
“The committee viewed with great concern the rising incidences of rape and kidnapping and that we stand by the government in whatever measure taken to checkmate the crises.”
Other resolutions of the meeting include: “A multidimensional approach to be applied by the government, looking at the relevant sociological perspectives to analyse the menace of beggars in Nigerian cities.”