Lagos seeks Arewa’s help.

Lagos seeks Arewa’s help.

A Collaborative Effort to End a Menace

The Lagos State Government and the Arewa community in the state have teamed up to put an end to street begging. To find a lasting solution to this problem, the Ministry of Youth and Social Development organized a stakeholders’ meeting with representatives from the Arewa community.

No More Street Begging in Lagos

During the meeting, both parties actively concurred that street begging must be prohibited throughout the state. The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Mobolaji Ogunlende, emphasized that street begging is against the law in Lagos, as stated in the Environmental Law and the Child Rights Law.

A Nuisance to Socioeconomic Development

Mr. Ogunlende explained that the CYSD stakeholders’ meeting was necessary because street begging has become a problem again in the state. He said, “We cannot ignore this nuisance. As a responsible and responsive government, we have decided to hold this meeting to work together and eliminate street begging.”

It is imperative to actively protect the rights of children.

Mrs. Toyin Oke-Osanyintolu, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, strongly condemned the use of children for begging. She stated that it violates the fundamental human rights of children, as outlined in the Child Rights Law, which the state government has signed.

Mrs. Oke-Osanyintolu passionately expressed her deep concern for the future of these children, emphatically stating that they ought to be in school rather than subjected to exploitation for money.

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Arewa Community’s Support

The Chairman of the Lagos State Council of Arewa Chiefs, Alhaji Ali Kabir, and the Chairman of the Arewa Community, Alhaji Yusuf Dandare, pledged their support to the government in eradicating street begging. They promised to discourage people in their communities from engaging in this harmful activity.

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