The Kano state government is set to establish Anti-Street Begging Agency, knitted with a strong tie with civil society organisations among other stakeholders.
This was disclosed by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, while receiving the leadership of amalgamation of civil society organisations in the state, during the state Executive Council meeting held yesterday, Tuesday, at Africa House, Government House, Kano.
The delegation was under the team lead of Malam Ibrahim Waiya, who led other leaders from different civil society groups, to further strengthen many calls for streamlining the fight against street begging.
Governor Ganduje said, “An agency will be put in place with a full staff to look into this issue of street begging. We just cannot fold our hands and see the life of innocent kids being wasted away through this menace of street begging.”
He stressed that street begging is an abuse of children, which, he observes “…prevents them from learning the religion and modern education system.”
While appreciating the concern shown by civil society groups, he assured that the state government would carry them along for the successful implementation of state policy against street begging and for sustainability purposes.
“We are happy to receive you and we are thankful for your unrelenting concern. It is true also that, we must evolve new strategy in dealing with this issue,” he explained.