Anambra commissioner raids beggars’ spots, arrest 50…

Written by on May 25, 2023

A joint task force from the Anambra State Ministry of Women and Social Welfare and Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra Brigade, on Wednesday, raided major spots in the state and cleared over 50 street beggars and out-of-school children hawking from the streets of Awka and environs.

The action, according to the ministry, was to sanitise the state and create a way for free flow of traffic, and rescue out-of-school children in order to achieve the present administration’s clean, green and sustainable megacity agenda.

Areas visited included Arroma, Regina Ceali Junction, UNIZIK temporary site, Akwata Junction, Amawbia Bypass, Eke Awka market, among others.

The men, women and children raided were said to hail from different parts of the country.

Speaking to journalists during the exercise, the commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo, said the action was carried out because the ministry observed a daily increase rate of children hawkers within Awka and its environs.

Some of the beggars raided, who identified their names as Uju Obie, Afam Nweke and Ifeoma Chukwu said hardship and lack of assistance led them into begging as they could not fend for their children.

They pleaded for assistance, saying that they would quit begging if they get assistance to enable them start up some businesses so as to fend for themselves.

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