From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has entered into partnership with the Amalgamation of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in his determination to curb the menace of street begging in the state.
Ganduje while receiving the umbrella body of the CSOs at Africa House, Government House, Kano, expressed his willingness to set up Anti-Street Begging Agency in the state.
He solicited for the cooperation of CSOs and other stakeholders in fighting the ugly menace of street begging in Kano.
The delegation was under the leadership of Malam Ibrahim Waiya, who led other leaders from different civil society groups, to further strengthen many calls for intensifying fight against street begging.
According to Ganduje, “an agency will be put in place with 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.
“Street begging is an abuse of children. It 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.”
Highlights of the meeting include a letter delivered to Governor Ganduje by the organised civil society groups.
The AUTHORITY reports that the letter was intimating Governor Ganduje on the need to partner with them in the effective implementation of government’s Law against street begging.
The letter was sent under the platform of Kano Civil Society Forum, dated 23rd September, 2021, captioned, “Urgent Call to Ensure Total Enforcement of the Law Banning Street Begging in Kano State,” and was duly signed by Ibrahim Waiya and Peter Hassan Tijjani.
Ganduje promised to give due attention to the letter, adding that, “your letter is in conformity with our intention.”