Ogun State Government has warned street beggars to desist from street begging or face punitive measures of sweeping markets for two weeks.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Funmi Efuwape gave the warning at Women Development Centre, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, while addressing destitute caught roaming the streets, observing that able-bodied men and women were in the habit of loitering around, begging for money within the State capital
Hon. Efuwape said many of them through her Ministry had been empowered financially at one time or the other but they diverted the money to unprofitable ventures.
“This is just a warning, after this, any street beggar caught will be made to sweep the markets for two weeks, as well as clean the public toilets”, she warned.
While urging those caught to desist from street begging, she charged people to focus on decent livelihood, be more vigilant and concerned about their health, especially during this pandemic period.
The Director, Rehabilitation Services, in the Ministry, Prince Adetoye Adeshina explained that, there was a shed built by the State government for destitute, where they could stay during the day before retiring to their various homes at night, stressing that after this warning, any beggar caught loitering the streets, would be severely dealt with.