The 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.
A Committee member, representing Kano State Ministry of Information, Sani Abba Yola in a signed statement made available to Stallion Times on Tuesday said the Emir gave the directive when members of the committee paid him a courtesy visit at his palace.
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.
Briefing the Emir on the Committee’s activities, the Chairman of the committee and former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Rabiu Suleiman Bichi stated that northern state governors are 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, however, lamented that the outbreak of Coronavirus 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.
According to the statement, in a similar development, the committee in continuation of its visits to the five Emirate Councils in the state, paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Rano.
Speaking, the Emir, Ambassador 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 was becoming worrisome.
The monarch commended Governor Ganduje for his effort to eradicate street begging in the state and assured of the emirate’s support and cooperation to the committee.
Earlier, the committee chairman, Alhaji Rabi’u Sulaiman Bichi observed that most of the Beggars roaming the streets are not indigenes of Kano particularly children who are being brought to the city with no adequate plan for accommodation or feeding, adding that when the committee commences operation, such children would be sent back to their states.
He stated that the state government provided enough facilities to accommodate children especially those from Kano for both their Quranic and formal education through the establishment of Tsangaya Schools and a board to look after them with view to ending out-of-school children.