By Nasiru Muhammad
Emir of Karaye in Kano State, Alhaji Dr. Ibrahim Abubakar has directed district, village and ward heads in his emirate to support the Tasks Force Committee on Evacuation and Repatriation of Beggars set to end street begging in the state.
The Emir gave the directive when members of the committee paid him a courtesy visit at his palace, today.
According to him, government’s decision to set up the committee was an indication of the good intention of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje administration to curb the menace.
A statement issued by Spokesman of the Committee, Director Special Duties, Alhaji Sani Abba Yola said Alhaji Rabiu Suleiman Bichi briefed the emir on the committee’s activities, revealing that Northern Governors Forum in one of their meetings resolved to end street begging in view of its social implication on the society.
He explained that the decision of the state government to set up the committee was informed by the resolution of governors in the region to ban street begging in their respective states, last year.
Bichi lamented that the outbreak of corona virus and the lockdown imposed nationwide by the federal government forced the stoppage of the exercise.
The chairman added that the unfortunate development did not stop the state government from maintaining its stance on ending street begging by setting up the committee to ensure its total ban.
In a similar development, the committee paid a courtesy visit to Emir of Rano.
Speaking, the Emir, Alhaji Kabiru Muhammad Inuwa (Autan Bawo), said the committee set up by the state government came at the right time when the problem of begging is becoming worrisome.
The monarch commended Governor Ganduje for his effort to eradicate street begging in the state and assured of the emirate support and cooperation to the committee.
Earlier, the committee chairman, had observed that most of the Beggars roaming the streets are not indigenes of the state, adding that when the committee commences operation, such people would be sent back to their respective states.
He stated that the state government provided enough facilities to accommodate children especially those from Kano for both tQur’anic and formal education through the Tsangaya Schools, revealing that the schools were provided and to look after them with view of ending out-of-school children.