The federal government has arrange a Particular Activity Power to curb the illicit ventures beneath which many criminals have hidden to assault motorists and different residents.
The information was damaged at a press convention by Commissioner for Youth and Social Improvement Mr. Olusegun Dawodu, his Info and Technique counterpart Mr. Gbenga Omotoso and Lagos State Commissioner of Police Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, on Wednesday, on the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa.
Dawodu mentioned organising the duty pressure grew to become essential to sanitise the society and restore the dignity of those that have been despatched into the streets for alms begging and hawking.
The particular crew will start operations “within the subsequent few days”, the Commissioner mentioned, including that the plan to cease avenue begging was primarily based on intelligence experiences that a few of the “so-called” beggars go about with harmful weapons, assault and rob harmless Lagosians.
“The State Authorities will deploy a variety of human and materials sources in the direction of enlightenment and sensitisation through completely different media platforms. As they are saying, enlightenment turns into leisure with out enforcement. That’s the reason the way in which to go now’s to implement compliance with the legal guidelines of our state for sanity to reign in our society.”
Imploring Lagosians to take alms to recognised registered properties, orphanages, rehabilitation and faith-based organisations, Dawodu mentioned donations made to such locations can be judiciously utilised in ameliorating the circumstances of the weak.
The Commissioner sought the help of non secular, conventional and political leaders at varied ranges in addition to the media for advocacy towards hawking and begging, including that each one Lagosians ought to be part of forces to discourage the inhuman tradition, which has the capability to adversely have an effect on the wellbeing of residents.
“Road begging is a social vice that we can’t afford to observe till it attains an uncontrollable degree earlier than we act. In any other case, all the great plans and programmes to remodel our State can be adversely affected. The identical goes for avenue hawking.
“This has turn into large enterprise to some teams of individuals. Our investigation revealed that beggars and hawkers (kids and adults) are transported often from different elements of the nation to Lagos with the only real purpose of doing this odious ‘enterprise’ that demeans humanity and abuses innocence within the case of youngsters, who’re being pushed into this degrading commerce.”
Dawodu disclosed that as a part of the measures being put in place to deal with the menace, the federal government, by means of the Rehabilitation and Youngster Improvement departments of the Ministry of Youth and Social Improvement, has maintained a Rescue Unit saddled with the accountability of rescuing and defending the destitute and the weak.