The Lagos State Government has begun the aggressive evacuation of beggars and lunatics from the streets across the State as it apprehended one hundred and twenty-eight (128) of them.
The raid carried out on Monday across the City is in line with the government’s vow to rid the State of beggars, lunatics, and street hawkers.
During the exercise carried out by the officials of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development tagged’’ Rescue Operation’’ by a Special Team of the Rescue and Rehabilitation Department of the Ministry, in collaboration with the police, Man O’ Warand other volunteers, visited major streets and markets in Mushin, Fadeyi, Yaba, Lekki, and Sabo areas of Lagos to rescue beggars, destitute and vulnerable people found on the street, under the bridges, uncompleted buildings and other places unfit for human habitation.
The beggars, lunatics, and others found were conveyed inside trucks and whisked away by the officials on the raid.
Recall that the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr Olusegun Dawodu had during a Press Conference at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Secretariat, Alausa recently informed the public of the plan, purpose and modus operandi for the setting up of the special team to rescue beggars, destitute and vulnerable people.
The commissioner said the responsible and responsive government under the Governor Babajide Sanwoolu led administration, we will not fold our hands and watch the State become a haven for beggars’’; stressing that the State would take action to curb the menace.
Street begging is a social vice that we cannot afford to watch attain uncontrollable level before we act, otherwise, all the good places and programmes to transform our dear State would be adversely affected, ditto with street hawking, he added.
The Head of Rehabilitation and Rescue Department, Mrs. Olutoyin Jaiyeola disclosed that about 128 people, male and female which included mentally challenged persons, destitute, and beggars were rescued by the team from different areas of the State.