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Regional News of Thursday, 30 September 2021


Kano set to establish anti-street begging agency

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Kano State Government is set to establish an anti-street begging agency in collaboration with civil society organisations among other stakeholders.

This was disclosed by the state Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, while receiving the leadership of amalgamation of civil society organisations in the state during the state Executive Council meeting held yesterday at the Government House in Kano.

The delegation was led by Malam Ibrahim Waiya and other leaders from different civil society groups to further strengthen many 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 arms and see the life of innocent kids being wasted away through this menace of street begging.”

Reiterating that, street begging is an abuse of children, he observed that it “prevents them from learning the religion and modern education system.”

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

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

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

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