The Lagos State Government through its Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, has ordered beggars to leave the state on their own within the next three months, else the State government will have to take drastic actions against them.
Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf said there was an ongoing campaign against the menace of street begging on radio stations to sensitize people on the need to stop it since January.
The commisioner urged residents to stop giving alms to beggars in order to discourage them. The campaign is slated to run for three months following which the state government will take more drastic actions against perpetrators because there is anti-begging law in the state.
Mrs Yussuf enjoined the people to stop giving alms to beggars on the streets because many of them are not beggars in the real sense of it. According to her, many street beggars have been discovered to engage in criminal activities and hard drugs.
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In other news, on Sunday, the Lagos State Government said it would partner with suitable entities on a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) basis to undertake the development and delivery of a wide-range of facilities in the state.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, in a statement, said this was in continuation of the government’s commitment to urban development and expansion of business opportunities.
The statement said that the facilities included residential apartments, shopping and business malls, recreation parks, hotels, theme parks, zoos, car parks and other facilities that would add to modern city lifestyle.
Ayorinde said the idea was conceived to provide Lagos with world-class residential, business, recreational and other facilities that would measure up to what was obtainable in other mega cities of the world.